johnwgolden

Coastal Decor, Fish Art & Fish Wall Decor

Wilmington, North Carolina
21,382 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Due to supply issues, I can no longer reliable fulfill Etsy orders. The shop is on vacation until that changes. Orders that have been placed will be filled soon.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 19, 2021

Due to supply issues, I can no longer reliable fulfill Etsy orders. The shop is on vacation until that changes. Orders that have been placed will be filled soon.

John Golden

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John Golden

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About johnwgolden

Sales 21,382
On Etsy since 2006

It's hard work being a dad…

In 2006, I was in my 8th year working as a freelance animator and illustrator. The hours were long, and though I was always home and accessible to my 3 kids, I was often so stressed and exhausted that I was not in very good shape to be much of a dad to them.

After stumbling upon Etsy, I opened a shop and let it sit for about 6 months without doing much to promote it. Sales were okay, but nothing compared to what happened once I committed to giving the shop a real chance to become my main source of income. A slow build began, and within 2 years, the business was productive enough to temporarily stop doing freelance and concentrate on my online art business full-time. Once the Etsy shop was established, I began to take on freelance projects again - couldn't stay away:)

Lots of great things have happened since then. My work is in catalogs like Land of Nod and Garnet Hill and a few pieces ended up for sale at Target. The best thing though, while it is still a lot of work, and you have to always be willing to "be at work", I am much more truly available to my kids and wife.

I am so thankful that folks like you take an interest in my work and make it possible to support my family with my work.

Shop members

  • John W. Golden

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Drawing, Printing, Trimming, Making And Shipping

    I have been selling my art since I was 11 and since 2007, I have made a living from my artwork. I love interpreting things I love (Robots, birds, dogs, etc.) and the way that those works then find people who love the same things.

  • Lee Golden

    Studio Manager, Shipper, Materials Preparation

    Lee is my wife and the main person who makes living this creative life possible. My most popular series began as requests from her for art for our kids' rooms. In the shop, she helps out with order fulfillment, materials prep and shop merchandising.

Production partners

  • Imagekind

    Seattle, WA

    Imagekind is a high-end digital printing service that I use to print my images larger than 17 x 22 inches. They use the same equipment and inks and papers that I do. I inspect, sign and approve each print before shipment.

  • The Printful

    Chatsworth, CA

    Production partner for t-shirts, mugs and totebags

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Jul 9, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I am able to change the background colors on some series of work.

Sizing details

Sizes of all handmade items are stated in the listing.

Wholesale availability

I wholesale my work at 50% of my Etsy prices. Sets of items are not available wholesale. Contact me for a 50% off coupon if you would like to buy wholesale.