In the 1960s, Valda began to explore other directions in her art. This included a series of works inspired by the loose interpretive work of Henri Matisse and to a lesser extent Pablo Picasso.
"I had admired Matisse's portraits, and in the course of doing some 30-40 pictures for the project, read his book on the subject . . . . [From this work], the portrait would appear to be primarily an expression of the inwardness of the artist."
Valda soon moved on explore other directions. While she continued to admire Matisse, she felt this style was "Matisse's world alone. I was sure I had to abandon the idea of attempting to adapt the Gallic art of Matisse to American art."
Art by Valda - Faces - page three