Valerie Winn of Gautier is an artist and writer. A former high school teacher of art and journalism, she has written and edited for several Mississippi newspapers. As a freelancer, she has published art-related articles in regional magazines. She is also the author of the coming-of-age novel, Forsaking Mimosa, published in 2012 by Dogwood Press.
Creating images primarily in acrylics, watercolor, and pen and ink, she holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Mississippi State University and a master’s in the same field from the University of South Alabama.