Valerie Aranda is a visual artist from Tempe, Arizona. In her artwork she focuses on painting, drawing, and muralism. In 2002 she moved from San Diego to Milledgeville, Georgia where she currently teaches studio art at Georgia College. She received her BFA in painting from Arizona State University and her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Creating narrative based paintings with culturally affirming images, Aranda’s artwork examines the Chicana experience where she examines issues of place, identity, gender roles and cultural traditions in the Mexican American family.