RusticGoth

The Whimsical Art of Charlene Murray Zatloukal

Nebraska, United States · 3781 Sales

RusticGoth

The Whimsical Art of Charlene Murray Zatloukal

Nebraska, United States 3781 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   ►Whimsical Art, Creeper Art, Fairytale Art, Surreal Art, Steampunk Art, Abstract Landscapes, Contemporary Art, Prints, Paintings and more!


►Featured in Gothic Beauty Magazine Issue 40..http://bit.ly/17SLSim

►►►International buyers...I have updated all listings, and...for everything EXCEPT Canvas Paintings, the prices will be First Class, for Paintings it will be International Priority. Please convo me if International Shipping isn't posted in the item(s) you are interested in.

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To answer any question about framing my prints, I have listed the frame and mat sizes that I use for my personal collection, in my policies FAQ section...
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RusticGoth/policy

To read about information and updates to my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop, please visit my
Rustic Goth Blog...
http://anotherpaintingblog.blogspot.com
or Like me on...
Facebook...
http://www.facebook.com/RusticGoth

You can now join my Rustic Goth Mailing List
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for the latest news, giveaways and much more!

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Thank you for stopping by!! I really do appreciate your visit!
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Artwork ©2007-2014 Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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steampunk art, whimsical art, art prints, melancholy art, tree art, fantasy forest,
bird art, goth art, alice in wonderland, wizard of oz, dragonfly, hedgehog, creeper art,
home decor, zodiac girls, zodiac art, steampunk art pendants, rustic goth,rusticgoth, fairytale art, illustrations, limited edition prints, scrabble tile pendants, fantasy, surreal art, surrealism, pop surrealism

Announcement

►Whimsical Art, Creeper Art, Fairytale Art, Surreal Art, Steampunk Art, Abstract Landscapes, Contemporary Art, Prints, Paintings and more!


►Featured in Gothic Beauty Magazine Issue 40..http://bit.ly/17SLSim

►►►International buyers...I have updated all listings, and...for everything EXCEPT Canvas Paintings, the prices will be First Class, for Paintings it will be International Priority. Please convo me if International Shipping isn't posted in the item(s) you are interested in.

♥ ♥>->->->-♥ ♥ ♥>->->->-♥ ♥

To answer any question about framing my prints, I have listed the frame and mat sizes that I use for my personal collection, in my policies FAQ section...
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RusticGoth/policy

To read about information and updates to my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop, please visit my
Rustic Goth Blog...
http://anotherpaintingblog.blogspot.com
or Like me on...
Facebook...
http://www.facebook.com/RusticGoth

You can now join my Rustic Goth Mailing List
http://eepurl.com/ikhTk
for the latest news, giveaways and much more!

♥ ♥ ♥
Thank you for stopping by!! I really do appreciate your visit!
♥ ♥ ♥


Artwork ©2007-2014 Charlene Murray Zatloukal

♥ ♥ ♥>->->->-♥ ♥ ♥>->->->-♥ ♥ ♥

steampunk art, whimsical art, art prints, melancholy art, tree art, fantasy forest,
bird art, goth art, alice in wonderland, wizard of oz, dragonfly, hedgehog, creeper art,
home decor, zodiac girls, zodiac art, steampunk art pendants, rustic goth,rusticgoth, fairytale art, illustrations, limited edition prints, scrabble tile pendants, fantasy, surreal art, surrealism, pop surrealism

Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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Charlene Murray Zatloukal

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About

A place of Sadness, Hope and Possibilities

Hi there!
I'm Charlene, the artist behind 'Rustic Goth' creations.
And...just so you know...I'm about to tell you more than you probably wanted to know about me. My children are always telling me that I tell people way too much about me...but, that's who I am...so here goes!

I am mother to 6 wonderful children and grandmother to 10.
I live in the Midwest with one of my son's, who is back in college to finish his degree (who sometimes paints one or two of his wonderful paintings, which he lets me offer for sale in my shop) ... and the new 'love in my life', a Maltese-Yorkshire terrier mix, Skittles. She is the reason I get up every morning, literally. The whole potty thing and all.

Most of the art in my Rustic Goth shop comes from a place deep within my heart.
A place of melancholia, sadness and depression, but also of "what if's" and possibilities.

I grew up in a time and a place that didn't support art education at the high school level, so my limited exposure was confined to the early school years. Though I always knew it was something I enjoyed doing, it was something I would, eventually, have to teach myself to do.

While carrying my fourth child, I was confined to bed. My sweet husband, seeing how bored I was just laying around, surprised me with a set of acrylic paints, some canvas paper and a handful of brushes.
I had no idea what I was doing, so I began by looking at the art on the back cover of Reader's Digest magazines and trying to get my pieces to look as much like the cover art as possible.
I was hooked!

Raising a large family does have a few drawbacks. Mostly in the area of finances. So my husband and I had to tap in to our 'creative selves' and figure out how we could put a bit more into the 'coffers', especially during the holidays.
We began creating all sorts of little things and selling them at the seasonal arts and crafts shows in whatever state we happened to be living in at the time. Our most popular creations were, real egg ornaments hand painted with little winter scenes or cute little holiday characters.

We've owned our own business, lost it, been homeless, lived in a family shelter and still managed to keep creating even while sitting in the family station wagon, waiting for the kids' to get out of school.

In 2004, I decided to take 'early retirement'. The stress from working in corporate America was affecting my health. My husband had been after me for so many years, to do 'something' with my art, so I decided to open a shop on another site and actually sold the very first piece
of art I listed. Then another...and another! Life was GRAND!! I was doing what I really wanted to do and getting paid for it!!

Then my life turned completely upside down!! My husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer in May of 2005. It quickly spread to the lungs and the LOVE of my life passed away on Father's Day, June 18th, 2006.
I was devastated!! I went into such a dark place that it was all I could do to slop some paint on a canvas and try to sell it online. Unfortunately, I didn't have any other income. Neither one of us had any life insurance. It didn't occur to us that we really would NEED it someday.

Opening my Rustic Goth shop in November of 2007 gave me the opportunity to go through all of the stages of grief, through my art.
My 'creepers' came about after listening to the words of Radiohead's song 'Creep'. It kind of expressed the way I was feeling, 'what the hell am I doing here...I don't belong here'.
(The song also inspired the name..."creepers".)
These little characters were purposely nondescript with puzzled, confused and sad expressions, whilst carrying their hearts around on their sleeves or in their hands, almost always accompanied by a hedgehog companion to signify that ..'sometimes..love hurts'.

My 'melancholy girls' reflected the sadness and depression I was experiencing and in the early years, were always dressed in mourning black.

,my art has become a little brighter with a dash more hope. Given my love for fantasy and science fiction, I've expanded to include Steampunk and Fantasy Landscapes and whatever strikes me as something I want to do at the moment. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't..but one never knows until they try it on for size.

When I say 'creating art is what I do...how I live..' I mean that in every literal sense of the word.
It's what keeps me going, how I pay the bills, how I discover who I am and how I am feeling!

NOTE; On September 15, 2014 I suffered the loss of my dear son Patrick. Then on Christmas Day 2014 I suffered the loss of my right side because of a stroke. This has ended my ability to create anything new or sign any of my prints.

Thank you for taking the time to take a brief glance into my life and the inspiration behind the creations in my little Rustic Goth shop!

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    "Creating art is what I do...it is how I live... how I connect with the world that exists outside of my studio!" .. I hope my art creates a reaction in all who view it and a special connection with those who put it in their homes.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 5, 2014
Welcome to my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop!

♥The information provided below should answer most, if not all, of the questions that you may have regarding shop policy, shipping methods, payment options.....and what to do if you didn't receive quite what you expected.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
♥Payments
I accept PayPal and Credit Card payments via Direct Check Out or Paypal.

♥"Reserved" Items. I will be happy to place an item 'on reserve' for up to 7 days, unless other arrangements have been made. If payment has not been received within 7 days, I will send a reminder note. Then, the reserved item will be offered to all buyers and taken off 'reserve'.
Shipping
♥Your order will be shipped within 3-10 business days after receipt of payment (business days do not include week-ends or holidays).

I ship twice a week.
I do my printing so that prints can ship within 3 to 5 business days of receipt of payment.
Paintings ship within 7 business days and made to order items within 10 business days...(EXCEPTION - Custom paintings.)

I will ship US orders and Priority International orders to your Etsy address, using the Etsy 'click and ship'... unless otherwise requested.

**Please note that USPS Rates have gone up, so I have had to raise my shipping rates accordingly.

International shipping (except paintings) are priced at First Class rates, and ship twice weekly since First Class rates are now available through Etsy...sorry, but I can't do much about the limited tracking provided by the USPS on my international packages. >> Please NOTE - International packages can be charged custom fees which are not included in the cost of shipping. These fees will be the buyer's responsibility.
I cannot mark packages as gifts or declare a lower value. It is against the law and my shipping labels are pre-filled when I print them.

♥Standard sized Prints (and small paintings on canvas sheets or watercolor paper) are securely packaged so they do not bend during shipping.

Large prints are rolled and shipped in a Mailing Tube.

Original paintings are shipped USPS Priority Mail.

♥Original stretched canvas paintings are wrapped in protective bubble wrap, packaged with padding in a cardboard box and shipped USPS Priority Mail.
I now insure all original paintings that are shipped to US addresses.

♥For insured packages that arrive damaged, please retain all packaging as proof for your carrier, in order for an insurance claim to be filed. This will be necessary in order to get a refund for damaged paintings.
Please note the USPS directive on damaged packages...https://www.usps.com/ship/file-domestic-claims.htm

♥I do my very best to insure that each piece arrives in excellent condition...so please let me know if it does not, so that I can correct the problem, before leaving negative feedback. I cannot fix a problem that I do not know about.
Refunds and Exchanges
♥Problem with your purchase?
Please convo me right away, before leaving/receiving feedback, to let me know what it is. I do want you to be happy with your purchase and I can't help make it right, if I don't know about it.
Additional policies and FAQs
♥**Please note that certain colors and brightness levels vary on different monitors. The colors in my original pieces have been carefully adjusted on my computer, to reflect the colors of the original pieces.
My images are printed exactly as they appear on my computer, as that is the only gauge I have to follow.
Please see returns and refunds, for my policies, if you are not happy with the piece you receive.

FAQs:

Q: Do you ever trade your pieces for other items? A: As much as I would love to have wonderful things from other talented artisans, I can't do trades at this time. Since this is how I make my living, I pretty much need every cent I make to keep myself going.
Q: Can I pick up my purchase? A: Not at this time...sorry.
Q: Do you offer price discounts for multiple purchases? A: I offer shipping discounts for multiple purchases, when purchased at the same time.
Q: Do you consign your items? A: For the same reason that I am unable to trade items, I am also unable to consign them.

Q. How do you suggest I frame my print?
A.The best way I have found to frame my prints is
to use frames (with corresponding mat boards)
in the following sizes...
4" x 6" prints....5" x 7" frame and mat
5" x 7" prints....8" x 10" frame and mat
8" x 10" prints...11" x 14" frame and mat
11" x 14" prints..16" x 20" frame and mat
12" x 16" prints..16" x 20" frame and mat
13" x 19" prints..18" x 24" frame and mat

Q: Will you paint something on request?
A: I will do some custom paintings.
Please convo me your request and I will let you know if I am able to do the custom piece you are requesting.

All custom orders take 14-21 days, from the date payment is received, to complete the painting.
When a custom piece is 'commissioned' I will list it as a "custom painting for(your name)" item.
When payment has been made, I will order the canvas and upon arrival of the canvas, I will begin your painting.
When the painting is finished, I will notify you as soon as it is shipped with a tracking number.
All custom orders are shipped USPS Priority Insured Mail or UPS Insured.

♥*** Inside the studio ***

All of my prints are printed, as they are ordered, on premium matte archival paper using rich Dye-based Inks. Each print is then signed and dated, by me, upon request. I no longer sign my standard sized prints unless I am asked. Large prints are still...numbered, signed and dated however.

Original paintings....I do these on so many different surfaces...it's just best to read the description for the info on these.

F.Y.I.----I update my facebook page several times a day. To find out anything new I may be working on...to preview selected works..and other information about me...this is the best place to visit.

https://www.facebook.com/RusticGoth

♥All of my art, original and print, © Charlene Murray Zatloukal/ Rustic Goth. Please do not copy or reproduce my art in any form, without my permission.

♥ Please note that I am a full-time artist trying to make a living with my work. I love what I do and it has taken me many years to be brave enough to try to make a career with it!