Born in Long Beach, California, Paula Wiggins grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from DAAP, University of Cincinnati in 1981. She later attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati to study graphic design and illustration. Wiggins' paintings and drawings have been shown in exhibitions and galleries around the world, from the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago to Heim und Handwerk in Munich, Germany. In addition to private collections around the country, her work is included in the corporate collections of Proctor and Gamble, La Rosa's and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Illustration projects include a calendar for the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, a poster for the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, books, and magazines. Wiggins' studio is on a top floor of an old warehouse where she overlooks the historic Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati and is surrounded by many artist friends.