“The Phoenix”

Tiffany Budzisz developed her passion for the arts in early childhood. She started out painting ceramics at age two in her mother’s ceramic studio. She learned the art of paper sculpture while studying design and illustration in college. Her whimsical, elegant creations are influenced by the graceful, flowing lines of the Art Nouveau movement, and the simple geometric styles of Art Deco. Flora and fauna (real or imagined), nature, and symbolism are subjects she finds fascinating and often explores in her work.

Tiffany creates her paper sculptures by cutting intricate shapes from archival paper with an X-
Acto knife. She curves the individual cut shapes with a dowel, then glues the pieces together between layers of foam core to create dimensional works of art. While this may seem tedious to some, the process of cutting, shaping, and creating are moments of pure happiness for her.

Tiffany grew up in Front Royal and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. After
working in the corporate world in Atlanta for eleven years, she recently moved back to Virginia
with her husband and two daughters to open an art gallery and studio, Art in the Valley.