cut paper illustration

| Seldovia, Alaska

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About Artbyvalisa

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On Etsy since 2016

I have always enjoyed playing with knives and scissors, and grew up watching my mom hand cut silk-screens and my dad carve intricate images in wood. Seeing the possibilities, I began combining my background in drawing and my love of bold saturated colors with the medium of cut-paper.

Starting with a single sheet of black paper, I carve away the background using an Xacto knife, and my images are revealed in an intricate lacework of lines. Using the black as my foreground, I fill the negative space by piecing together layers of paper in vibrant colors and textures. As a finishing touch, I add the last details and shading with watercolor.

Born and raised in Seldovia, Alaska, I studied psychology and art at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Along the way I have found inspiration in my surroundings. From the mountains of Colorado to the minarets of Turkey, the deserts of Africa to the limestone cliffs of Laos, I am forever moved by the beauty and grace the world has to offer.

Returning to live in Seldovia has proved both nostalgic and eye-opening, sparking new ideas, and giving my art wings. I was able to convert my dad's old wood shop, situated on pilings on a secluded beach, into my first private, dedicated work space. Having space to be messy, and to store work safely, allowed me to work on bigger, more challenging ideas. Recent projects include illustrating a children's book for Sasquatch Publishing, written by Seldovia author Erin McKittrick titled “My Coyote Nose and Ptarmigan Toes.” My artwork is also being featured in a series of informative signs for the city of Seldovia.

One of my biggest challenges as an artist is making my work accessible for a larger number of people. When I moved back to Alaska, I realized that a lot of the people who enjoyed my art could not afford original work, so I began making small runs of prints. They were immediately popular, and I realized they filled a big need for local art. Reaching out to a larger community via Facebook, I realized I needed some way for people outside of my small town to order prints as well. I have always been a fan of Etsy, and decided I would set up shop here.

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  • Valisa Higman

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    A lifelong artist, Valisa is inspired by a deep connection to both her natural surroundings and her community. She creates her artwork in a beautiful studio in Seldovia, Alaska, and enjoys a little adventure from time to time.

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Last updated on March 11, 2016
Hello! my name is Valisa Higman. i am a cut-paper artist and illustrator in Alaska. My goal is to make artwork that people connect to and identify with. I want to spark a sense of nostalgia, and remind people of the simple joys in life.

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My top priority is your satisfaction. If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please let me know, and I will do my best to resolve the issue. If an item is damaged, or does not meet your expectations, it can be returned for a full refund.
I accept payments via direct checkout. If you are having any trouble navigating this, please don't hesitate to ask!
Prints are packaged in a clear protective sleeve with a sturdy backing and are shipped in a padded envelope. I live in a small town in Alaska that is not on the highway system, so all shipping is done via USPS. Weather can delay shipping, especially in winter, so if you are concerned about how long your artwork is taking to arrive, let me know!
Additional policies and FAQs
I love custom orders! I really enjoy collaborating with clients, and love making commissioned original work. If you have an idea that you would like to see in cut-paper form, please message me. Also, if you are checking out my Facebook page and see an image that you would like to see as a print in my Etsy store, let me know. I order new prints often, and would love your input.

I also love collaborations and trades, so feel free to ask.