Ever since winning an art scholarship at the age of thirteen, Valerie Dugan has pursued a career in both calligraphy and botanical art.
She is a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, Member of the RBSA, The Birmingham Watercolour Society, The Calligraphy and Lettering Artists Society and others. Valerie has exhibited in many shows in the UK also abroad where she has won numerous awards. At the London RHS Botanical Art Shows she has been awarded three Silver Medals also a Silver Gilt Medal for her portrayal of British Wild Orchids. Valerie has also shown with the Society of Women Artists.
Valerie often combines both Calligraphy and Botanical Art together in her creative work. She has designed a flower decorated alphabet called Alphabetica Botanica which is used for decorative pieces and a successful range of greeting cards. Another interest of hers is butterflies. She has painted a large selection of mainly life size British studies on vellum to celebrate 100 years of the National Trust.
Valerie started showing with the RBSA at the Open Watercolour Exhibition in 2011 where she won a prize for her painting of a slipper orchid. Paul Hipkiss and Brian Fletcher suggested she became a Friend and entered the Friends Exhibition where she was awarded Highly Commended for her calligraphy of The Owl and The Pussycat poem. In 2014 she was made a full Member of the RBSA.
She has had a ground floor solo exhibition at the RBSA and has given demonstrations of her watercolour of a decorative sweet corn.
In 2019 Valerie had a one woman show at the Ruskin Mill Gallery in Nailsworth, where she lives, with 50 original and prints of watercolour flowers, butterflies and calligraphy.