Val studied anatomy for the artist in high school, and anatomy and physiology in University. Val did a number of medical illustrations of leg muscles, animal dissections which were published in textbooks and a medical journal, also used to teach med students. In 1988, Val did some gouache black and white illustrations of human anatomy, used to train Haitian Midwives at Hospital Albert Schweitzer.
Val also worked full-time as a medical transcriptionist 23 years in hospitals and Doctors' offices and took art commissions on the side. Val went to Bible College at Cornerstone University school in 1980's and then on to Haiti for a year as a short-term worker. After Val returned, she pursued art again, and worked in Doctors' Offices, again as a transcriptionist. Val attended Glen Oaks Community College summer program workshops several years. Val is presently enrolled at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in 2014, taking mixed media drawing.
Val has studied Spencerian penmanship since 2011, self-taught with DVDs, and enjoys the medium of pen and ink a great deal. Val learned italic calligraphy in College at WMU from a professor from the U.K., Lindsay Rundles, and enjoys brush script. Val teaches calligraphy to senior citizens at the Commission on Aging in Three Rivers, Michigan.