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AnaraneSeragone on Feb 3, 2014
Love this adorable print! It's perfect for the nursery! Fantastic & talented artist!
Anonymous on Oct 30, 2012
So thrilled with this and I haven't even received it! Thank you! Your a doll!
Coming Full Circle
Hi and thanks for visiting.
My story is a meandering one but potentially inspirational - to those of us who don't always walk a straight line to our destination.
I was always considered gifted in art, getting recognition early in grade school. I did extra-curricular art studies whenever I could - first spending summers at Idyllwild Art School (being placed in adult classes) and then on scholarship in High School to Pasadena Art Center. As a senior in High School, I won The Bank of America Achievement Award for artistic merit and also won a full four year scholarship to study painting at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Then I went into insurance.
What went wrong? Even for all of my awards and what not, I didn't have the confidence to try to make it as an artist in the real world. And being a starving artist did not appeal to me. Now remember, I'm semi-old. In my 40's. And at that time, we did not have the internet (or not at least in any helpful form). So getting established was crazy hard, unforgiving, and scary.
So I gave up art. In fact, having my talent and not going for it gave me a lot of guilt. Not only did I not pursue it as a profession... I turned my back on the whole thing. I did not make one drawing or touch a paint brush in 13 years.
Then I moved to Holland with my Dutch husband and daughter. I was homesick and discombobulated. I felt desperate to find something to lose myself in, to distract me from the rain and dark winters.
A year into the move, my family found itself at an open house at the Muserie, the local culture institute. We went to the open house intending to find my daughter a music class. But something funny happened. In that big building at that big open house, there was an open life drawing class. There before me was a model, paper, and charcoal.
And I drew. And painted. And. It. Felt. Good.
I started taking night classes. First in drawing, then in painting. And I found an artist group there. I joined and began working at my craft everyday. It was becoming my profession. At long last.
I started selling my paintings in Holland in 2010. In 2011, my little family ended up moving back to The States (thank goodness : )
And that's when Debbie Beukema Artworks was born. Unbelievably to me (but not others, I'm told) I have had non-stop work and commissions. Nearly every single one of my original paintings have sold. I manage my Etsy shop and two other online venues. Life as a working artist has been better in real life than in all the wistful dreams I ignored for so long. And Etsy has been a huge part of that, giving me a venue to connect with other small business owners, crafts people, artists, and of course - wonderful clients. And it gives me a really convenient and safe avenue for showing and selling.
I love Etsy and my work, and am so glad to share this story with you.
My Best To You Always,
Owner, Designer, Unicorn Wrangler
Living in Park City, Utah and loving life
Accepted payment methods
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Refunds and Exchanges
I will work my hardest, to my utmost abilities, to give you a painting that makes your heart sing… that you will be proud to hang in your home or give as a gift. My abilities are represented as accurately as possible. Commissioned paintings are non-returnable & non-refundable due to the fact that they are made to order. If there is any problem with a commissioned work I will do my best to develop a solution suitable for all parties.
Returns on Original Pieces bought directly from the artist’s collection:
If upon receiving your order you are not satisfied for any reason, you may ship, at your cost and insured for the purchase price – with tracking, the work back to me. This must be done within 7 working days of receipt, in the exact condition in which it was sent (undamaged), and I will give you your choice of either: a full credit towards another gallery piece or custom work, or a full refund. CLIENT CAUSED DAMAGE: If framed and only the frame and/or mat is damaged, then I will give you the price of the piece less the cost of re-framing and/or re-matting. If the painting is damaged, I cannot accept the piece back and I will return it to you without refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
ON ALL ORIGINAL ARTWORK: Debbie Beukema, and my business, Debbie Beukema Artworks, retain the rights to the images of all my original pieces. You are buying the original artwork only. Therefore, you may see the image of your original painting on my merchandise now or in the future. Some clients love this. It’s like owning an original Disney drawing, for instance, compared to a print or Mouseketeer tee-shirt. In fact, the more successful I become, the greater the value your pieces enjoys. Some clients would rather have exclusivity. I understand. If, when you purchase an original non-commissioned work, I have not yet already used the image on my merchandise, you may purchase the copyrights from me. The price to purchase the copyright varies with each work. Please inquire at the time of sale if this is an option you would like to pursue.
ON ALL COMMISSIONED PIECES: the commissioner is buying both the original artwork and it’s image, unless they have agreed to the above mentioned discount (see Store Discounts). I am also happy to merchandise ONLY for the commissioner. If you, as the commissioner, would like to have prints made that only you can purchase, or tee-shirts only your family can wear, I am happy to design those for you exclusively. I have an option at my store to make the product privately available. My profits are only 10% over costs, which is crazily lower than anyone else would do it. And it’s my pleasure. Please inquire at the time of our commission consultations if this is an option you would like to pursue.