About The Artist

Welcome to my site. My name is Valerie Totire and I'm an illustrator, cartoonist, sculptor and (sometimes) animator and humor writer based out of Cleveland, Ohio.

Creating images and characters has always been a way of life for me. I was drawing as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil.  I majored in fine art at Kent State University. pursuing a course of study with the intent of entering the animation field.   I landed my first illustration-related job while still in college; then in 1989 was hired as a conceptor/illustrator at American Greetings. Since then I've made a lifelong career in illustration-relation fields.  I often describe myself as an actor with stage fright since much of my work is inspired by the desire to communicate a story or express an emotion.  

Beyond greeting card illustration I've also acquired experience in a variety of other illustration-related fields, including character development and design; toy concept and design; storyboarding; animation; children's book illustration; ghosting for a comic strip and art retouching. I've worked for other clients including Those Characters From Cleveland, Character Matters, and Andrews McMeel Publishing.  I am currently working as an illustrator and product developer for K & M International (Wild Republic).

Even though my schedule can be busy, I always look for new opportunities to expand my repertoire and develop my work even further, including working more with three-dimensional art and perhaps returning to my original interest in animation.

When I'm not working I enjoy (among other things): reading, writing, armchair philosophy, surfing the Web, travel and photography.

To inquire about commissioned work, click here.





(personal correspondence please use alleycatstudio1@yahoo.com)


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