Gray Sparrow Art: Mixed Media Paintings and Drawings

Colorado, United States · 388 Sales


Gray Sparrow Art: Mixed Media Paintings and Drawings

Colorado, United States 388 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   I want to tell a good story with my life. I like getting my hands dirty. I love making things from scratch - food, art, and community.

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Last updated on Mar 17, 2016

I want to tell a good story with my life. I like getting my hands dirty. I love making things from scratch - food, art, and community.

:: You can find me here ::

Betony Coons

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Betony Coons

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Bits of Story - Collected and Retold through paintings.

You know how people joke about being born in a barn? Well, I was born and raised in a barn on an apple orchard in Kansas. My parents unschooled my four siblings and me. Our house was full of wonders – puppet theaters, zip lines, tight rope walks, a functional stage and more. My entire childhood was one whirlwind of living and breathing Art and creation. We baked and gardened and played until the flour covered us and the dirt was caked under our fingernails. We built rafts and sailed across the pond, had fairy tea parties, and sang songs until my parents were about to go crazy. Now, as a new mommy in Greeley, Colorado, I do everything I can to spread Art and creativity to those around me. Be it baking crazy concoctions, teaching Art to H.S. students, or guerrilla gardening, everything I do involves creativity and Art. And, everything I create encompasses bits and pieces from my life and story.

To create my paintings, I spend many hours gathering and collecting tidbits of ephemera - old books, vintage clothes patterns, tossed aside love letters, broken images, etc. I take these bits and pieces of stories and weave them together to create a larger image that tells the story of "us" and of "you." My goal with my art is to showcase these collected histories and to share this beautiful story with others.

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  • Betony Coons

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I want to tell a good story. I like getting my hands dirty and making things from scratch - food, art, and community. I want to remember to slow down and savor life more. These paintings are my fables brought to life. See more art at ▶

Shop policies

Last updated on May 7, 2012
Thanks for checking out my shop! I really believe in creating art that is accessible to everyone. So, if you see something you like, but can't afford it, let me know and I will most likely be able to create a print of it for you. Please let me know if you have any other questions that are not addressed on this page.

Accepted payment methods

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I prefer paypal payments. It just makes my life, and your life, a little bit easier. If for some reason you don't wish to pay through pay pal, please contact me and we can certainly work something out!
All of my prints, illustrations, and works on paper come packaged in a protective plastic sleeve with an archival backing. They are mailed to you in a non-bendable mailer.

All of my paintings come wrapped in bubble wrap, then packaged in a brown wrap, and secured with packing tape. I ship all of my paintings in a box stuffed with a combination of bubble wrap and paper.

I usually ship within 2-3 days after payment is received. If you need it shipped sooner please let me know. Also, if you would like insurance or confirmation delivery please let me know. I typically purchase insurance for all orders over $100.00. I will always try to get orders out as soon as possible. I ship USPS Priority Mail, Parcel Post and First Class. If you wish to have insurance or delivery confirmation, please contact me and I will adjust the rates accordingly.

I pack orders very carefully and do my best to make sure that even if very fragile, they will not break. But, I strongly suggest that you insure your purchase not because of breakage, but because of missing or lost items. And I cannot be responsible for any damages or lost items caused by shipment.

Inernational Buyers
I happily ship internationally, please take note that I am not not responsible for any duties or customs fees, they are the sole responsibility of the buyer. Tracking numbers are not used for International shipping. If you would like to purchase a tracking number please contact me before purchasing.

I ship to the address that is on file with Etsy. It is your responsibility to make sure that your address on Etsy is correct.
Refunds and Exchanges
Each of these little paintings has a bit of myself in it and I want to send them to happy homes so if you wish to return a piece of art for some reason you may do so as long as you contact me with in 2 weeks. I will refund your payment (minus shipping charges) as long as the artwork is returned in the same condition it was shipped.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love to do custom orders but please keep in mind that most of my work is original, and it's very hard to replicate an original piece. Also, it can take up to 1 month for me to complete a custom piece.