Susan Etheridge on Sep 12, 20215 out of 5 stars
Do you have a print of Ashore for sale? I saw the card in Seldovia and love it.
pattyreynolds484 on Sep 3, 20215 out of 5 stars
I was looking for some Alaska artwork for my mother. As soon as I saw this jar of flowers I knew it was perfect. Packaged well for shipping and the seller was quick to answer a question I had. Great experience and I’ll be buying more.
Jill on Oct 9, 20214 out of 5 stars
This picture is beautiful but it has a slight crease in it from shipping. I don’t think it will be noticeable once framed . Also , I was unaware that it was arched on top . Framing will probably get to be a little pricier than using a standard frame .
Kelly on Oct 9, 20215 out of 5 stars
I initially found Valisa's artwork in Homer, Alaska and purchased some of her greeting cards. Found her here on Etsy and I ordered more. I am very please with all of the cards I've received. Even the packaging was perfect and was received in a timely matter.. Will be back for more as well as some prints next time. Thank you, Valisa!
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.
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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