“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 gardener and river rat. She received her BA (Studio Art) and teaching license from JMU in 2001 and has taught in VA public schools and privately for 19 years.