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Barbara Lavallee

Barbara Lavallee describes herself as a "very happy person." Indeed, her happiness is vividly presented in her folk art scenes. Born and raised in the Midwest, she holds a degree from the Illinois Wesleyan University. Her experiences teaching art in the Bureau of Indian Affairs schools both in Arizona and Sitka, Alaska have given her a rich knowledge of Native American culture. Ms. Lavallee came to Alaska in 1970 as a teacher. In 1976, she left teaching to devote her time to painting and printmaking. Barbara's paintings reflect her interest in people; how they live and what they do. Lavallee, a watercolor artist, portrays whimsical stylized characters dressed in vibrant colors.

In addition to her original artwork, reproduction prints, and note cards, Lavallee is an award-winning illustrator of children's books. Her best known book, Mama Do You Love Me? is published by Chronicle Books. Taku Graphics carries a full range of Barbara's art cards, magnets, coasters, and her annual wall calendar.