Perla Valenzuela is a Mexican-American illustrator focused on creating bright and colorful imagery that is profoundly influenced by her surroundings and background. She received artistic training in traditional and digital methods from the University of Arizona. As a native of the Southwest, she adores bright and bold colors and proudly displays them in her artwork. Perla also enjoys incorporating clean lines and vintage imagery into her artwork, which is a direct result of the influence that her late mother had on her. Her mother, who was born in the 1950s, encouraged Perla’s creativity and exposed her to colorful shapes, patterns, and threads through her work as a seamstress.
Perla’s primary medium of preference is two-dimensional art. As a child, she fell in love with early Walt Disney animations and Japanese anime (Dragon Ball); this early exposure to 2D animation is what inspired her to become an illustrator. Now, as a developed artist, she finds inspiration in the work of 2D artists such as Mary Blair, Cliff Roberts, and The Provensens. She hopes her artwork will inspire merriment and delight in others, as it is whimsical and reminiscent of timeless beauty.