BeccaMulenburg

Bird Art

Duluth, Minnesota
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Announcement    Welcome to my Etsy gallery showcasing paintings and drawings of my bird art. High quality prints and originals, there's something for everyone :)

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Last updated on Sep 7, 2021

Welcome to my Etsy gallery showcasing paintings and drawings of my bird art. High quality prints and originals, there's something for everyone :)

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Becca Mulenburg

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About BeccaMulenburg

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On Etsy since 2009

Birds.

We each have a story. This is a little bit of mine. I grew up in a big family in a small town, and my Mom and Dad didn’t have a lot of money. We practiced the hand-me-down philosophy and also shopped second-hand stores. It used to cost a dime to make a call from a pay phone, and to avoid spending that dime, our family had one and two-ring codes which allowed the dime to be returned upon hanging up the phone. Each code meant something, just like those dimes.

In the fourth grade, I got my first paper route, alongside my brothers. Every morning I’d get up at 5:20, separate my share of newspapers from my brothers’ shares, hop on my bicycle, and deliver them to my customers. Life was easy back then and I juggled a few jobs besides going to high school and eventually college. I used to serve ice cream cones, bus tables, rack raw sausage from a conveyor belt, feed wood through a machine that molded them into chair legs, sort books in a bookstore, sell newspaper ads – snow cones – children's books and greeting cards, and process tax returns. I even sold beer out of a golf cart when I didn't even like golf.

In 2010, when over thirty years of steady paychecks from better jobs ground to a halt, self-reflection began. I returned to my love of creating and decided to teach myself how to paint. Prior to that, I’d taken an elective drawing class in college and studied pottery-making in the mid-2000s while in San Antonio. Unbeknownst to me at the time, those were the sparks that re-lit my creative fire that had been entombed for decades, for I still have my grade school, pottery project sitting on my shelf. Over the years, I job-hopped from one to the next and carried that ‘grass-is-always-greener’ disease, but I'd still walk away from every one of those jobs again to do what I’m doing now. I really love to paint birds.

My spark bird is the Eastern Whip-poor-will because when I was a kid, I used to sit on my bed and stare out of my bedroom window before falling asleep, listening to the Whip-poor-will on hot summer nights. And when those hot summer nights turned into hotter summer days, the Eastern Wood-Pewee sang alongside the cicadas while I did chores in my Dad’s garden. That bird is my second-favorite spark bird.

I live by the following words I once read in a magazine: Most artists would probably like to be “successful,” both critically and financially, but what an artist’s reputation will be a hundred years from now has yet to be revealed. I once had an important collector with a vast and varied collection say to me, “If I were to tell you the names of the top-selling artists in France at the end of the 19th century, you would not recognize them.” If “success” during an artist’s lifetime is a fool-proof predictor, then Vincent Van Gogh would surely be one of history’s greatest flops. I tell my university students: “Just make what you make no matter how ‘out there,’ or misunderstood; no matter who approves or who does not. If you believe in it – make it! Even if it’s pure cornpone – just make it!” The only hope that any of us have of being truly “successful” is to make what’s in our heart and make it to the best of our ability.

My name is Becca Mulenburg, I am an artist. This is my place in the world. Welcome to my Etsy store.

If you're considering a purchase, it might be helpful to understand that I am only one person, not a big company or corporation. Almost every print purchase is a custom order, although I do have some on hand. I work with a local printer to produce high-quality, color-accurate prints of my work. Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to incur losses or absorb returns like a big company, or a person with greater means could.

Did you know?
I am a painter not a printer, so I use a local, professional printing company to produce high-quality, color-accurate prints of my work. This is where my quality can differ from other Etsy sellers. I inspect what I ship to maintain strict quality control. I realize there are cheaper options from other Etsy sellers, but with me you're getting the best. Period. I will not sacrifice quality just to gain a sale.

Honors:
Juried into the prestigious international “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, sold internationally, won numerous awards.

All items ship from my smoke-free, pet-free home. For more information, visit https://beccamulenburg.com.

Shop members

  • Becca Mulenburg

    Owner

Production partners

  • a local fine art printer

    Duluth, MN

    Fine art printer.

  • A fine art print shop

    Santa Monica, CA

    A fine art printer.

  • a print shop

    Shakopee, MN

    Printing and marketing

  • a print shop

    Lexington, MA

    A print shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 23, 2021
Welcome to my online gallery. I continue to learn a lot from nature, especially birds. They help calm my soul. Sometimes when I'm feeling troubled, they can be especially helpful when I'm searching for peace. I study them in their natural habitats and use my photographs to guide my art, whether through oil paintings or pencil drawings. All of my artwork comes from spending time with these birds, the vast majority from the wild. It's true that if you hang around birds long enough, they'll let you into their world. And what a wonderful world it is!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
Returns and exchange details
TERMS
I want you to be happy with your purchase! If you are not satisfied or it wasn't what you thought, please contact me within 3 days after you have received your purchase, and return within 7 days of delivery. You will be responsible for returning items in their original condition and packaging as well as return shipping costs; the refund will be issued after receiving the returned item undamaged.

ELIGIBLE ITEMS
All items EXCEPT custom print orders are eligible for returns. Please see my individual listings to determine if the item is a custom print order. If the item is a custom print order, the description will say ****CUSTOM PRINT ORDER**** and therefore, is not eligible for returns.

DAMAGES
I put a lot of effort in secure packaging. However, if your product was significantly damaged because of shipping I will replace damaged items free of charge. Photos of damages are required within 3 days after you have received your product and it is up to my discretion to award damages.

LOSSES
If it gets lost I am not responsible for shipping another one. Very few shipped items ever go missing. If there was a confirmation of delivery to the address from the courier service, the item will be deemed delivered. I consider a package lost if it has not arrived 30 days after being shipped.
Payment
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I Accept: Credit Cards, PayPal and Etsy Gift Cards.

TERMS
Payment must be received in full before the product will be shipped out.

DEADLINES
Payment is required within 12 hours after purchase, otherwise your order will be cancelled and relisted.
Shipping
Occasionally I use recycled packaging when shipping. It helps the environment and keeps costs down. If you don't want recycled packaging, please message me and I'll be happy to accommodate your request.
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All artwork and content ©2007-2021 Becca Mulenburg. All rights reserved.