Urban Retrospectives by Beth Kerschen

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Beth Kerschen

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Beth Kerschen


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About UrbanRetrospectives

Sales 1,455
On Etsy since 2011

The Best of Urban Culture in Review

I am a photo-illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. I create portraits of urban centers – starting, of course, with the vibrant city of Portland, Oregon. My work blends architecture, urban details, and fleeting moments to tell richly layered stories that are only possible with the combination of these three elements. I notice the details around me in the city: restored retro signage, the oddly painted door, and the outdoor café made from a renovated bus. I see all of this as the expression of human creativity in the matrix of urban culture.

To make my illustrations, I explore the city and take many photos to make sure I am capturing key elements. I load the images on my computer and isolate the elements I want to use and remove all background imagery. Then I can start composing the scene by putting the different elements together. It is amazing how at first the objects don’t work together at all, but as I keep working, something clicks and the scene comes together naturally.

My illustrations are reflections of favorite places, landmarks, and experiences and they provide viewers with fond memories or possibly future adventures that still await them.

Shop members

  • Beth Kerschen

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer, Production, Sales, Marketing, Accounting...

    An Urban Portraiteer that creates a visual review of the "best of" urban culture to preserve memories and nostalgia.

Production partners

  • A Print on Demand Shop


    This partner helps me create accessories that I am not able to produce myself. They allow me to offer more products with my artwork without investing a huge amount of money for new equipment and supplies.

  • An Off-set Printer

    Portland, OR

    The printer is family owned, located in Portland, Oregon, and produces quality work. They print my postcards and notecards. They have taken a lot of time to help me with recycled paper selection, color fidelity, and work with eco-friendly materials.

  • A fine art print shop

    Portland, OR

    Locally owned art-focused printer for fine art printing.

  • A Screen Printer

    Portland, OR

    This screen printer prints my tote bags for me. I work with them because they are local to Portland, and do fantastic printing for my very detailed design and use an eco-friendly production.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 14, 2018
Welcome to my shop! I love expressing the culture and personality of cities using eco-friendly materials and recycled paper.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If the product is damaged when it arrives to you, contact me. I will replace it once I received the damaged product back.

If the item really doesn't work for you, I'll do a refund up to 14 days after the purchase. Mail the unused, undamaged product back to me (date stamped within 21 days after purchase). When the item is safely received, I will refund the price of the product (not the original shipping). Customer pays for the return shipping costs. I am not responsible for any lost, damaged, stolen or misdirected packages sent back by you.
Pay-Pal and Etsy Direct Payments are accepted. Orders are shipped after payment clears.
Most items ship out in 1-2 business days. The fine artwork is often made to order and take 3-5 days to ship. I ship items under 16oz as First Class, everything heavier is automatically shipped Priority Mail. You can elect to upgrade any shipping to a faster method, I will get it out for you right away. Only fine art prints over $100 are insured. International customers pay for extra custom fees.

I will allow local pick up for orders in Northeast Portland that total over $100. Just message me and we can coordinate.
Additional policies and FAQs
My images can be printed in large format, just message me for a quote.

I sell my cards, postcards, and color prints wholesale! Message me for a catalog.