architecture, pen and ink and anything else
When I was a kid, I would try to get my neighborhood friends to have drawing contests, and not just on those gray, rainy days - I'd try on the sunny, great days too. Needless to say, hide and seek or foursquare pretty much won out every time it came to a vote. But I kept trying.
Fast forward to high school, I loved history and math and hated (hated could be underlined 3 times here) writing papers - and I still loved to draw. My guidance counselor 'guided' me to the architecture program at the University of Virginia. And I got to draw there. Lots of drawing, all nighters, good friends that, due to the nature of our major, like to draw too.
I worked for many architecture firms over the years, but then I had 3 kids in 3 years. And architecture is a great gig if your name is on the door and you can work 60+ hours, so.... I was happily at home with the kids, working gun for hire in various firms. These were crazy (crazy should be underlined about 7 times here) days! And even though my kids are adorable, charming and just plain wondie, at the time they were three years old and under. Complete sentences and thoughts were MIA. Now my kids are all in school and I am back working in an architectural firm ... and I like to draw.
What I like best about my portrait work is that everyone has a story. People are moving out of their home and they have such fond memories. Personal details of the house, this tree, that bench. Others just moved in or they have just finished a big reno project and very proud of the results. I've done schools where the principal was retiring, a gate for a University donor, wedding venues for a newlywed couples. Really, I am just lucky to be apart of all that. My drawings always come out of happy events and happy stories.
And that is a good job.
I am so very grateful Etsy gives me an opportunity to find people to work for, my lovely clients, and people to work with, my wonderful co-workers on this site.
Now, who want to have a drawing contest?
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- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you write a check, please make it payable to Patricia Nelson. I need to wait until your check clears before I mail you your order - hope that's ok.
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I ship USPS first class mail unless otherwise noted.
If you would like them to go priority mail or something faster, please let me know and I will you pricing for those options.
I try to get ready made orders out within 3 business days after the order is placed. Custom orders should be out within a week to 10 days.
Cards come in a cello envelope, sets come in a clear plastic box of 8 and original drawings and prints come in cello wrap with a cardboard for protection.
Refunds and Exchanges
Typically the cards are what they are, and with original drawings I will email a proof (after payment & prior to printing all work), to make sure you are happy with the design and finished product. There shouldnt be any surprises but we will work it out as necessary.
Additional policies and FAQs
For wholesale orders please convo me and I will give you bulk pricing.
Most cards are printed upon order and can be personalized with messages or custom colors.