Valentine studied, as a very young artist, at the Chicago Art Institute and the Kansas City Institute of Art. As an adult she studied at the NY Art Students League and with individual exhibiting artists. Her initial career was documentary filmmaking. She returned to painting and functional art and now works out of her studio on Martha’s Vineyard. The island life within which Valentine lives very much influences her work. In 2014 and 2015 she received two artist grants from the MVCVA and helped to found AIRE, a group of artists dedicated to plein air painting.
The dominoes are designed and painted by Valentine. The boxes are handmade in her husband's studio.
Different themes are available at different times of the year.