8" x 15", plus an additional 1/2" white border (9" x 16")
Archival Matte Paper
"Joe salvages logs off the beach and mills them into beautiful lumber. He set's longlines to catch halibut. He is always willing to go on an ocean adventure. His most recent boat is an old Coast Guard surf boat, and last summer when he was out by Point Pogibshi he had a close encounter with a magnificent pod of orca. I made this piece to commemorate the occasion, and added a few of his good friends to the adventure."
The cut-paper artwork all starts as a sheet of black paper. Carving away at the background using an Xacto knife, the images are revealed in an intricate lacework of lines. Using the black as Valisa's foreground, she fills the negative space by piecing together layers of paper in vibrant colors and textures. As a finishing touch, adding the last details and shading with watercolor. Valisa's work reflects her love of community, nature and all things nostalgic.