Valerie Tan is an illustrator and painter based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While she never had formal training as an artist, her interest in art started at a very early age. After taking a painting class alongside her mother at a community art workshop her love of painting took off. Valerie continued to learn through friends and fellow artists. She has been painting for over 20 years, has organized community gallery crawls, art exhibits, and has participated in both solo and group exhibitions. Her donated art has supported fundraising for the ARC of Orange Country, JDRF, Autism Speaks and Compass House. Artwork is vibrant, playful and happy. Paintings and illustrations bring joy and a sense of happiness.