2018 Dare to Dream Grant Recipient
Valerie Knight worked as a validation consultant in the pharmaceutical industry until her health issues (rheumatoid arthritis) caused her to stop working. She has been an artist since she was young and throughout her science career she participated in art exhibits and sold her work. In 2012 she found an online art market and began selling her collectible miniature paintings on eBay. She has sold more than 171 paintings online, providing her with both an income and a sense of having something to offer others. Valerie was awarded a $600 Dare to Dream grant to purchase an adjustable ergonomic chair and art equipment to help her organize and produce her art while also addressing her health needs.