Valerie J. Black

It has been 12 years since the turning point of my life, an event that was at once the most tragic and uplifting I have ever experienced. A car accident that shattered my body, severed my left arm, and forced me to reevaluate my entire way of living. It is said that through adversity comes strength and character. All I know, is that my sprit has soared ever since that day. The doctors reattached my arm and said that if I didn��t use my arms and hands everyday, I would lose the use of them. I could not sleep and had unbearable pain, but I had a vision and a life-affirming transformation. I saw myself (a woman who had no formal training), as an artist and I envisioned, very specifically, the types of art that I later brought to life. Dolls of all shapes a sizes, from many types of materials, some created and some from found objects.

When I was told by a very respected artists in Philadelphia, that I had a natural talent in expressing my art, and I was asked to display my works in an art show at the Da Vince Art Alliance Studio, I can truly say that the Essences of Why God had allowed me to live through that accident became clear to me.

My meditation has been, for several years, "life is a journey, not a destination." On my journey I have been blessed to be a part of the Dumpster Divers, who share the love of recycled materials, and have freely shared their knowledge with me. It has been a great honor for me to have been associated with all the wonderful artists in the group, who I now consider to be my dearest friends.

Valerie J. Black
PO Box 27412
Philadelphia, PA