Every year we like to give kudos (I don't know what a kudo is... wasn't it a brand of granola bars in the 80's... anyway) to a local artist or crafter of exceptional skill. This year we are pleased to have chosen the outstanding digital artist, Ashpaw! Here are a few words from her!
"Call me Short, Ashpaw, or GalaxyX! I was born in Buffalo, New York but raised around different parts of the United States throughout my life. That includes almost 13 years in a quaint little town in Smithton, Missouri. Eventually, I wound back up in Buffalo, New York for a few more years with my loving family. I moved down to Pittsburgh due to this amazing city catching my eye on a random road trip and keeps my eye even to this day. I fell in love with both the city and someone I cherish with all my heart. I have been drawing and illustrating for the majority of my life. I can't honestly see myself doing anything else since it's what makes me happy. I tend to draw more digitally, but traditionally is what I grew up on and will always have a place in my heart. I just want to say that I am extremely grateful to the artist this year and thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff. I look forward to this year's WPAFW and cannot wait to spend it with everyone."