Stories in Wax

Asheville, North Carolina 3249 Sales On Etsy since 2007


Stories in Wax

Asheville, North Carolina | 3249 Sales

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Note from shop owner Hello all! I am on an art retreat in India until March 3, 2020. If you are comfortable waiting 2 weeks for delivery, you can always purchase what you'd like from my website at Thank you for your patience. xox, Cathy

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 19, 2020

Hello all! I am on an art retreat in India until March 3, 2020. If you are comfortable waiting 2 weeks for delivery, you can always purchase what you'd like from my website at Thank you for your patience. xox, Cathy


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About cathynichols

Sales 3,249
On Etsy since 2007

“Every painting is a love letter from me to you”

I opened my Etsy shop in 2007 after moving to New York from Los Angeles, but the real story of "Cathy Nichols, the Artist" began several years earlier when I pinned up Ghandi's quote, "become the change you seek from the world" next to a 4x4 foot canvas and tore up my applications to law school.

I had tried many "legitimate" professions -- scholar, teacher, PR professional -- before staring down that blank canvas in my living room. Yet I was still the same girl in the back of math class staring out the window daydreaming. Try as I may, I could not turn my eyes back to the lesson plan. So I gave myself a blank canvas and permission to fill it up with what I really wanted to see.

Since then, my paintings have become a place for me to restore the sense of wonder, love and freedom, I remembered from childhood. They are a place to daydream, and a space left open for magic. I like to use all kinds of “non-regulation” stuff in my paintings: fire¬¬¬-tempting beeswax cooked on a hotplate, torn paper, melted oil sticks and song lyrics. Growing up, my grandmother called me her "Sunshine Girl," and maybe this is why I can also never resist sprinkling in a few rhinestones at the last minute. Plus, let’s face it, glitter is fun.

My paintings are little packages of joy shipped out from me to you.

Shop members

  • Cathy Nichols

    Owner, Artist

    Encaustic painter. Full-time artist and weaver of stories from bits of wax, paper, glitter and memory.

Production partners

  • North Light Books

    Cincinnati, OH

    North Light Books prints and publishes beautiful how-to, crafting and coffee table art books. I wrote this book, created the artwork inside it, and North Light Books edited, printed and published it!

  • StencilGirl Products

    Wildwood, MO

    StencilGirl is a small family-owned company that manufactures artist-designed stencils. They are laser cut and produced entirely in the USA. The whole team at StencilGirl is very artist-friendly, and most of the team members are artists themselves!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 16, 2018
Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my Etsy shop and to view my artwork. Painting is one of the great joys of my life, and I'm so glad to share my work with you here. I hope that my work can add a little bit of magic to your home.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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)
Returns and exchange details
While I take every measure to ship your item securely, I know that accidents can happen during travel. If you send me a photo of your damaged item, I will ship a replacement to you free of charge.

If an item has not been damaged, but you find that it is not to your liking, you may exchange the piece within 14 days of delivery (contact me within 14 days and ship me the item back within 30 days), and I will ship you a different item of your choice or offer you a gift card for later use in my shop.

E-courses are not eligible for returns due to your immediate access to all of the videos, digital downloads, webinars and other materials upon enrollment. That said, I understand that work and health issues may prevent you from taking a live course. In that event, don't worry, I will provide the same course to you in an on-demand option which you can take at any time.
You can pay with Paypal or Direct Etsy Checkout. Either of these options allows you to use most major credit cards or echecks. Convo me if you have been too busy enjoying your life to figure out how to buy artwork online, and I will be happy to assist you. :)
I know that the hardest thing about buying artwork online is waiting for it to arrive. I always ship your order right away, usually within 2 business days. I ship USPS first class mail, but if you need something in a hurry, I can certainly arrange to send it Priority or Express Mail for an additional fee.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are lovingly created and will take more time to complete -- but I always work as quickly as possible to get your artwork completed and shipped to you.