Inspired by Nature, Made by Hand - Original Fine Art

Oakhurst, California · 107 Sales


Inspired by Nature, Made by Hand - Original Fine Art

Oakhurst, California 107 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Original Fine Art Relief & Intaglio Printmaking - 100% Conceived, carved, etched, inked, pulled and packaged by my hand for you.


Last updated on May 20, 2017

Original Fine Art Relief & Intaglio Printmaking - 100% Conceived, carved, etched, inked, pulled and packaged by my hand for you.


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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

vrusczyk on Oct 25, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful work of one of my favorite native butterflies! Can't wait to get it framed and hung! Very fast delivery and well packaged to prevent damage.


dandouchi on Sep 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Monique, your work is stunning, and I couldn't be happier with this latest piece. Thanks for the beauty you bring into the world, and in particular into my house! I love it!

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In the Direction of my Dreams

My home studio is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra, just south of Yosemite National Park, where inspiration is easy to come by. Having lived in the Bay Area for decades, the decision was made to make the move to where most of my art is conceived. It's lovely to roll out of bed, open the studio door and listen to my subjects start their day with me.

I've had many 'careers' in my life: Office Manager, CFO, Marketing Director, but in 2008, I decided to take Thoreau's advice: “If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Yes, I gave up the day job in favor of pursuing my dream of devoting myself to art on a full-time basis! Creating directly for clients has been a surprising, joyful, enriching and humbling experience.

I have explored many areas of visual art, but find the challenge of printmaking to be captivating; Carving my own designs, the feel & aroma of the wood, polishing of the copper, mixing my inks into the perfect color, the pressing of each creation, layer by layer, into the paper. Though I started out thinking that relief printmaking was the end-all, be-all, as I've discovered intaglio techniques & collography, I've decided that anything under the Printmaking umbrella is for me! I move from a copper plate etching to a linocut or woodcut relief print to a monoprint and back again, often having more than one project cooking at a time.

I have also begun to utilize a combination of printmaking and the ancient medium of encaustic painting, which utilizes beeswax, damar resin and pigments. I incorporate my love of photography and illustration into these works, which seem almost alive at times. I strive to ensure archival quality in all my works. I want you, and the generations to come, to enjoy them for as long as possible.

I've also worked creating very large canvas acrylics, whole room stencils & murals and logo / brand identity design.

My artwork is largely nature-inspired, particularly by the magnificent mountain areas in and around Yosemite. I strive to bring into my work the feelings I am left with after walking in the woods for an hour, after seeing a new (for me) feathered wonder on a branch, after watching shadows dance across the snowscape during sunset.

As amazing as the Mountains are, I also delight in experiencing the rest of the planet's other beautiful places and cultures and hope to add some new flavors to my work via some serious traveling! I would also like to devote more time to reading, training our canine companion not to eat my socks, kayaking, hiking, cooking good food (I'm really miss that famous Bay Area cuisine!) and enjoying the company of family, friends and art lovers.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me and for visiting my shop. I hope you enjoy my work and visit again soon! If you can't get enough of the Red Tail Experience, visit my blog at:

Go forth confidently, imagination in hand, in the direction of your dreams!


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  • Monique Wales

    Owner, Artist / Printmaker

    I'm often made fun of for noticing tiny flowers at my feet or for listening to bird calls in the middle of conversations. My patient husband, Tim, & talented daughter, Shea, make up our family of three, spending time between the Mountains & the Sea!

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Last updated on June 22, 2016
Thank you for taking a peek at the Red Tail Studios shop! We hope you love our original fine art prints as much as we loved making them! If you have questions about purchasing one (or five!), we urge you to read through the policies below and/or send us a message if we didn't cover your concern. Thanks!

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Payment should be made immediately upon purchasing. If payment is not made on an order within 3 days, we reserve the right to cancel your order and the item will be re-offered for sale. Contact us if there's a problem, we will be happy to work with you!

Sales tax is charged on all items to all buyers at the current rate for Madera County, California. (8.0% as of 8/1/13)
Items are listed to ship within the US only, but may be shipped outside the US upon request with cost determined per item. Please convo us your request!

Items will ship out within 3 business days of receiving payment. If your address differs from that registered with Etsy or you need the item to be shipped to a different address (for work or as a gift perhaps) please let us know in the 'note to seller' or by the Etsy Conversations system.

In the USA, we ship using USPS Priority (usually 2-3 days), which we have found the safest and most economical method of shipping fine art. Encaustic paintings are shipped using the best method possible on a case-by-case basis due to temperature concerns. If a faster method of shipping is needed, please let us know before your order and we can provide you with price quote.

NOTE: Prints to Europe, Mexico and Australia are now shipped rolled up in clear archival sleeves, in Triangles/Tubes unless you request otherwise. The price goes up 3X to ship in flat boxes, so we are trying this method starting in July of 2016.

All packages go with insurance and delivery confirmation. Outside the USA, please remember that all tariffs are paid by you, the buyer.
Refunds and Exchanges
Printmaking Fine Art prints are unique and each one varies slightly from its edition-mates. When posting photos, we try to give you a peak at multiple pieces within an edition. If you wish, we can take an additional photo or two of the piece you would be receiving prior to purchase.

For that reason, we offer no refunds or exchanges except for carrier-documented* damage. If you aren't satisfied with your purchase, please contact us through the Etsy Conversations system, so we can discuss your thoughts and work to resolve any issues together. Please notify us ASAP if you have a problem.

*Refunds and exchanges are only available if your package arrives in a damaged condition, documented by the carrier. If your print arrives damaged, please take a photograph, contact your carrier and return it to us (after you receive our authorization) in the original packaging. Only after this is received can we provide the refund/exchange.
Additional policies and FAQs
We would greatly value and appreciate your feedback when you have received your print!

MORE THE MERRIER: If you are interested in ordering 4 or more prints at one time, convo us and we will deduct 15% from your purchase with a custom listing that we will place in the shop just for you!

CUSTOM WORK: For a unique remembrance or special occasion, we do commissioned work; A child born, a parent remembered, an occasion celebrated. Prices vary with the complexity of the work. Send us a message to discuss options.