12" x 18", plus an additional 1/2" white border (13" x 19")
Archival Matte Paper
"This piece was designed to capture the Alaskan adventure. Showing puffins, otters, sea lions, a black bear, glacier, float plane and orcas, it has a little bit of everything!"
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.