Valeria graduated to the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, where she was admitted as among the top five entrants.
In the Academy, Valeria constantly improved her skills, attending classes of outstanding artists and teachers of the Academy – Nikolay Blokhin and Vladimir Pesikov.
Valeria visited Italy many times, studying the works of great masters, copying some of them in the halls of museums, and also improving the technique of painting in the open air. Valeria's works are distinguished by an easy at the same time dynamic drawing, subtle, almost Serov's coloristic in painting and an amazing spirituality that emphasizes not only beauty, but also the fragility of the modern world.
Valeria is a painter who works in all mediums but mostly in oil, soft pastel, charcoal. Her plein air paintings are both figurative and expressive, while her portrait and still life work are completely lifelike in a romantic realism. Her strengths are in her masterful knowledge of drawing, technique, color theory, & composition.