Debby Holland on Feb 20, 2016
amazing work, very talented artist and easy to work with, love my block set, well packed, fast shipping, will buy again. thank u Beth!!!
lixx0103 on Aug 21, 2015
I loved the custom door signs Beth created. She is truly a great artist!
Beth Baker Focal Art
I guess one way or the other I have always been involved with the arts. Singing was my first love. I was sure I would one day be a famous singer. I began doing musical theater and therefore pursued dance as well. Since most of what I did was during the evening hours I began waitressing to pay for my dance classes. But as that wasn't very fulfilling, my father, an antiques dealer, offered me the opportunity to work in his store during the day so I could pursue my dreams.
He always came across old pieces of furniture that had beautiful, fluid lines but often were in such bad disrepair that restoring them wasn't worth it. He suggested I paint them. He and I had been painting since I was in junior high school. I would find a picture I liked and duplicate it. This was perfect for me!!
I began painting quilt patterns. He loved vintage quilts and had many to choose from as well as multiple books....so that's where I began. As I worked in his shop people began to take notice and started asking me to paint their pieces. In no time I was painting murals, furniture...most anything that held still long enough ended up with paint on it!
My artistic passion is for detail, animals and whimsy. One of my favorite all time works was a dresser that had been painted to look like the drawers were open and kittens were coming out of them. I sold that piece the moment I finished it and I'm kind of sorry I did. An interesting side note...not long ago a woman contacted me via facebook asking if I was the one who painted that dresser. Turns out she saw it in a second hand furniture store and bought it. She saw my signature and decided to look for me! It was so great to know that my piece is still a part of people's lives more than 20 years after I first painted it!
In 1994 I moved to New York City to finally pursue my singing career. Boy did my painting skills ever come in handy! I met a fellow singer who also owned an upscale pet store in Manhattan and she asked me to paint a mural in her store. While painting that mural a designer from the Design Building happened in and asked if I had ever done faux finishes. So I began painting for Smallbone and Christian's Cabinetry out of Paris and London. Soon I was scouring the flea markets and painting small pieces that were sold in ABC Carpet as well as galleries in Palo Alto, CA & San Francisco, CA.
I was living the dream....living in Manhattan and painting by day and singing at night!!!
A terminal diagnosis for my father brought me home suddenly and swiftly in 1999. My parents had retired in southern Oregon so this was to become my new home. Talk about a switch from the bright lights of Manhattan!!
Life is very different for me now but I can honestly say I am still living the dream. I live with my sweetheart on 5 wooded acres in southern Oregon, Grants Pass, to be specific. We have 3 sweet dogs, Otis, Chuy and Chloe and a very cool gray cat named Obie. As I sit and paint I get to look out onto the trees, wild turkeys, geese, deer and so much more. I get to have my sweet "kids" curled up around my feet and my sweetheart in the next room also creating. By the way, he makes some very cool techie clocks.
To see my DanO's clocks, click:
I don't sing as much as I used to. To be honest, I love painting even more! And thanks to etsy and all of you, I can have it all!! I strive to create art that has a purpose beyond simply hanging on a wall. I want it to make you smile every time you see it. And I want it to become an heirloom. I want generation after generation to have the opportunity to share my work. I love knowing that when I am gone, a little piece of me will remain...if only for awhile!
Thank you for letting me do what I love!
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Welcome to FOCAL ART, my humble little etsy store! I feel immensely blessed to be able to spend my life doing what I love most....painting and singing! TO GET BACK TO MY SHOP, PLEASE CLICK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BethBakerFocalArt
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Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you would like to do a lay-a-way, send us a convo and we'll work it out.
If we do not receive payment or communication about the payment within 3 days of my receiving the order, we will cancel the order and re-list the piece. We understand that sometimes things happen and we're willing to work with you as long as you contact us!
We are happy to ship internationally. Please be aware that the shipping included in our listing prices is for DOMESTIC shipping only. If you are from outside the US, please contact us for a shipping quote (including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico). Please include your zip code for exact postage rate.
Default shipping is via PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL. Please allow 6 - 10 business days for delivery on all international orders. If you prefer another method, please let us know.
International shipping charges reflect only the charge of shipping the item from the US to your location. International orders often incur location/country specific handling and tax fees (i.e.VAT) that must be paid when item is received. Focal Art is not responsible for these international fees, and it is the responsibility of you, the buyer, to be knowledgeable of these charges prior to purchase.
When we ship internationally, we declare the item as "merchandise". Please don't ask us to do anything illegal or unethical.....because we won't.
We ship the majority of our items USPS Priority Mail within 1-2 days from receiving payment.
Heavier or over sized items shipped within the U.S. are shipped USPS Parcel Post. If you prefer USPS Priority Mail, please convo us for additional shipping charges prior to purchasing item.
Extra heavy or large items may be shipped via UPS Ground Service.
We are happy to combine shipping whenever possible and refund monies when applicable.
If you need to expedite shipping, please convo us prior to purchase so that we can be sure it is available in your area and so that we are able to edit the listing showing additional charges.
We pride ourselves on being a "GREEN" company. In most cases we use recycled packaging materials so your package may not be the prettiest package on your stoop but you can take comfort in knowing that we don't waste materials!
And we hope that you'll reuse our materials when you have the opportunity!
Refunds and Exchanges
We want you the buyer to be so happy with your purchase that you want to rave about how wonderful it all went on your feedback. If for any reason you are dissatisfied, let us know and we will work it out. If you're not happy, we're not happy. Please send a "conversation to seller" as soon as possible.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am happy to do custom work and as long as it is something that could be sold to anyone else, should you not like the finished product, I am happy to refund the full price. I want you to want to come back...to be as happy as humanly possible!