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About HeatherCastles

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On Etsy since 2007

original sketches and studies by Canadian artist Heather Castles

I love the tactile feel of art, and so offer my work on Etsy as original paintings. You will not find these pieces mass produced or sold as prints. Just down-to-earth, paint and pencil on paper. (There may even be the occasional drip of tea... but I do try to be careful!)

Most of my experience has been through the publishing & print industry, mainly with children's books and greeting cards. A big part of the enjoyment of these projects is the concept art stage, where I can sketch and paint real things which I later work into the final illustrations. It makes a big difference to a little kid looking at an illustration in a book, being able to recognize the weeds that are growing in the school yard picture, or the common birds flying overhead, or the style of park bench on their street... those details allow them to feel a connection to their community and environment in the story. So as well as finished artwork, I have concept sketches and painted studies available on Etsy.

Being thoughtful of my art process & shipping so that it makes minimal impact to the environment, I like to source materials to reuse or are easy to recycle. I'm often rummaging at the thrift store for vintage frames and boards to paint on. When you purchase my art, you will find I wrap the paintings up carefully, but the outer shipping packaging is often reused. My heart skips a beat when I am able to use materials more than once... even my business cards are made from repurposed watercolours (not every painting is a winner!)

Thank you for visiting my shop... if you do not find what you are looking for and my style is what you are after, drop me a line.

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  • Heather Castles

    Owner, Maker

    As a whimsical old-school illustrator, I enjoy telling stories visually with paints & pencils. Published in over twenty children’s books and hundreds of greeting cards, I bring experience and quirky humour to the art I create.

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