Valerie Taylor is known around the world as a pioneering ocean explorer and marine conservationist, cinematographer, still photographer and author. She and her beloved husband Ron Taylor spent over 63 years travelling and making films together before Ron’s death in 2012. During the span of their career the Taylor name became synonymous with sharks. Valerie and Ron are the first people ever to film great white sharks underwater with and without a cage. Their footage of great white sharks appeared in the classic motion picture, “Jaws.”
What isn’t widely known about Valerie is that her first career was as a cartoonist and illustrator. A naturally gifted artist, she delights in drawing and painting. Her underwater scenes blend photorealistic sketches of marine creatures – sharks, fishes and corals – with whimsical watery creatures of her own imagination, such as the mermaids featured throughout her books, drawings and paintings.
Valerie has received countless honors for her conservation efforts, including being appointed Knight of the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernard of the Netherlands. Valerie received the Australian Centenary Medal for her work in marine conservation. Proceeds from the sale of her Limited Edition hardbound AUTOGRAPHED illustrated book, Melody the Mermaid, will support marine conservation and education organizations including the Women Divers Hall of Fame, of which she is an inaugural inductee.
She lives by the sea in Manly Beach, Australia.