Valarie Wade is a full-time graphic artist for a local newspaper, but in her spare time draws what she loves, whimsy. (drawing/painting is self-taught, she took classes to get her degree in graphic arts)

She creates with both traditional media (colored pencils, crayons, watercolor, and acrylics) and digital software (CS5 Creative Suite). Sometimes the two combine into a traditional/digital hodgepodge. Ideas for artwork usually come at the strangest of times, while working on something else, driving, trying to go to sleep... There is an ever growing notebook of concepts that have yet to fully see paper.

She does have two home studio "helpers", her two cats. They love to lay on the table while she paints her artwork.

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