“I wholeheartedly believe that within all of us is the promise and ability of true and beautiful visual expression, regardless of age or stage. My goal is to provide a space, not only of inspiration and resources, but where any person can engage in meaningful art making, acquiring the necessary skills along the way. I believe that talent is an equation: Talent = Desire + Practice.  If you have the desire, then Larkin Arts can and will help you achieve your artistic goals.”

Valerie L. Smith is a teacher, painter, potter, music lover, porch swinger, vegetable gardner and river rat.