The pure joy and contentment Valerie Coe finds on the back of a horse provide the focus and the inspiration for my work. Her paintings celebrate the essential role of the horse in ranch life and the bond between horse and rider that so deeply defines Western culture. Nothing absorbs or delights her more than using her paintbrush to capture the animals, people, and scenes of ranching communities. Painting allows her the freedom to heighten colors and to enhance subjects, creating a new reality, which is so central to the joy of being an artist.
Valerie and her husband Ned raise Red Angus cattle on the edge of the Great Basin, work that not only inspires her but provides an abundance of subject matter.