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Valerie Scott a.k.a. Carny Val is a mixed media artist and singer/performer. She was born and has lived most of her life in Southern California. There she studied art and music from the time she was a small child through college. She has studied all sorts of artistic techniques and performing styles. Valerie's artwork started to take a new direction, in 2009, when she learned how to paint with encaustic from her childhood friend and artist, Jhina Alvarado-Morse. Her artwork is inspired by biology, nature and science fiction.

After being laid off from her, "normal job" in 2012, Valerie decided to make her creative work a priority and started her work as a teaching artist. She relocated with her husband, daughter and the family pets to Portland, Oregon in 2015. There she was accepted to Young Audiences' Teaching Artist Studio to further her education and work as a Teaching Artist. She loves her new home and is happy to be surrounded by nature. The beautiful views in the Portland area provide her with lots of "eye candy".

You can find a copy of Valerie's Curriculum Vitae here.