Valerie Barroll Gulick, 76, an artist whose watercolors were shown in many juried competitions, died May 19 of complications from cancer at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

She was born in Baltimore and attended Bryn Mawr School. She graduated from Goucher College with a bachelor's degree in art history and worked in art education at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore.

She came to Washington in 1954 and joined Voice of America, where she worked as a feature writer for its overseas radio broadcast service for most of a decade. In 1966, she resigned from VOA to devote her time to her family. She was an Arlington resident.

Mrs. Gulick turned her attention back to the arts in the late 1980s after her children were grown. She painted in watercolors almost exclusively. Her work has been shown at the annual international Exhibition of the Miniature Paints, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, the Art League of Alexandria and exhibitions sponsored by the Potomac Valley watercolorists, a regional organization of professional painters into which she was juried in 1998. Her paintings are in many private collections in the area.

For several years, she was a docent at the Hillwood Museum. She also served a term on the Arlington Arts Commission.

At St. George's Episcopal Church in Arlington, which she joined in the mid-1960s, Mrs. Gulick was a senior warden, co-chairman of a capital campaign for renovating the parish hall, a vestry person and a food pantry server. She also was a Democratic precinct captain.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Lewis Gulick of Arlington; a son, Peter Gulick of Arlington; a daughter, Spencer Baker of Chicago; and two grandchildren.