About

Valerie Garza

Preschool teacher, photographer, and artist based in Arcata, CA.


“Art, Nature, and Education are my passions.
My goal as a photographer, artist, and teacher is to
celebrate life and create connection.”



I was born and raised on a sand dune in the Coachella Valley surrounded by creosote.

After high school, I moved to the coast, where I studied Fine Art and Ultimate Frisbee at CSU Long Beach.

In 2014, I traded my palm trees for redwoods and moved up to Humboldt State University to finish my degree in Art Education and minor in Environmental Education and Interpretation.

In my free time you may find me out Blues/Fusion dancing or riding my bicycle.