Barbara Lavallee is a celebrated Alaskan watercolorist known for her work depicting various cultures. Her humorous and unique subjects bring joy to viewers from all over the world. People almost always smile and often even giggle when they peer into a Lavallee painting and find insight into the artist's joyous outlook on life. There are no sad tales in her art. "I like to portray the highs of humanity- the humor, the tenacity, the magnificence of all people," Barbara says. And she prefers to paint women, explaining, "I do some men and children in my paintings, but seldom do a painting of just men. Women are so much more colorful." Her watercolors feature highly stylized women, whimsical, animated, and always-dressed in vibrant colors.