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Waddle earned a degree in graphic design from Spokane Falls Community College and worked in that field for a while. Working as a graphic designer left her work more controlled than she would have liked, but in time it began to flow.  “My control-freak, graphic-design nature was spilling into my paintings for so very long,” she said. “Everything was planned, sketched, colors thought through, like I was laying out a magazine spread. And yes, if something happened that wasn’t planned, it was a mistake, a disaster. But now my ability to embrace the mistakes, to let go, has come from motherhood, age, reading Buddhist books, practicing yoga and accepting nonperfection. Perfection is an illusion, of course.”


Her ability to “let go” has led her to more instinctually created works. She will apply a background to the canvas and shapes will emerge. Whimsical and unexpected, the final product exudes a lack of fear, a “letting go” represented in curious imagery. She describes one instance when she photographed one of her paintings, transferred it to her computer and blew it up in Photoshop to make sure it was in focus. “There was this creepy ghoulish face staring back at me. So I ran back to my canvas and painted him in, and the image was totally in context with the rest of my painting. It was one of those meant-to-be moments.”