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Announcement    Welcome! All my small format art is one of a kind, created with color, professional artist quality materials and genuine heartfelt feelings.


Last updated on Dec 2, 2021

Welcome! All my small format art is one of a kind, created with color, professional artist quality materials and genuine heartfelt feelings.


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About TheExpressivePalette

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On Etsy since 2011
Video summary: The making of my fragile tea bag collage papers....

painting in love, gratitude & awe ~

I believe that art is felt in & expressed through the heart.
Through the ups & downs of life I've learned how fragile life is and to be grateful for every moment we are given. I'm striving to express with art, the wonder & joy my heart feels over God's amazing creation in hopes that it touches and encourages your heart.
Favorite quotes that describe my philosophy about art:
* "A painting must have heart, soul, and passion, without that, it is worthless." -Vincent Van Gogh
* “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall
* "Color in a painting is like enthusiasm in life" Vincent Van Gogh
* “Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” – Marc Chagall
* "The moment one gives attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious awesome indescribably magnificent world in itself." ~ Henry Miller
Materials & Techniques: My new favorite medium is Oil & Cold Wax, I love everything about it. The layers, the blending, the wonderful creamy texture of the paint is relaxing and restorative. You can paint wet into wet, or let the paint dry before adding another layer. You can gently remove layers or carve into layers, it's wonderfully versatile.
I also enjoy hand tearing papers for collage, painting with many layers of colors & working with a palette knives, soft pastels & occasionally working in watercolors.
May you live in love, gratitude & awe.

I am honored that my art has found good homes all over the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. I work out of my small home/studio in the beautiful Green Mountain state - Vermont.

Shop members

  • Diane Rank

    Owner, Artist, Photographer

    Expresses heartfelt wonder & emotions into colorful art with paints and papers while being deeply grateful for every single day.

  • Handsome Hubby

    Transportation Manager

    Captain America & Superman all rolled into one great guy! He transports the carefully packaged art to the post office for shipment to it's new home with you.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 8, 2022
I keep my art at affordable prices because I believe that everyone should enjoy having an original piece of art in their home or office.
Only professional artist grade & archival supplies are used for all of my pieces to ensure they will continue to last through the years.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 3 hours of purchase
I don't accept exchanges
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
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details

I paint with love & a full heart and want each painting to go to a good home! Feel free to ask me questions about the piece or for more photos to help you select the best painting for you.
But if you are not happy with your piece, please with contact me with any problems you have.
IMPORTANT: Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
NOTE...No returns accepted for purchases shipped to countries other than the United States.
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Items will be shipped after payment is cleared.
Please see shop announcement for any changes in shipping dates.

Because I take great care in creating my art, I also take great care in packaging it & getting it out promptly so it will arrive safely for you. Tiny paintings are often mailed securely in a padded bubble mailer.
When possible I reuse packing materials to help keep costs down, it's good for you and good for our planet.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING- Shipping of art work will be made by first class mail. In most cases, your purchase will ship within 2 working days of receipt of payment.
If you need Priority shipping, please contact me prior to checkout & I will upgrade your shipping for an additional cost.

International shipping is no longer an option during this period until further notice.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please Note:
COLOR is very important so I am very careful to show my art work as accurately as possible, but please remember that color may vary due to monitors & lighting.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE All work is original, created by Diane Rank and is copyrighted by the artist. When you purchase an original work of art, the rights of reproduction remain with the artist. This means you may not reproduce the image without prior written consent.
Very simply, when placing your order, you'll provide me with certain information (which you've authorized Etsy to share), such as your name, email address, mailing address, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. Your payment information is hidden from me, with only etsy pay or Paypal knowing the details. I respect your privacy and do not make your personal information available to any third parties whatsoever.

More information

Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
How do I care for fine art?

CARE of ARTWORK- All fine art paintings should not be exposed to strong, direct sunlight for extended period as they may fade. However you can know that I use high quality materials so you may enjoy your art for many many years to come.

Collages should always be kept from direct sunlight as they contain handmade papers which are usually not light-fast.

Are my paintings wired?

Due to a stroke my hands are not strong or steady. I have seen first hand what damage unsteady hands can do to a finished painting! However because I paint small format art, almost all my pieces are ready to hang on a simple nail or two.

May I have my painting sent as a gift?

If you would like me to ship your item to a friend as a gift, please enter their address as the shipping address and I will wrap it, include a note if you wish and ship directly to them. FREE of charge :)

Any ideas on how to display small pieces of art?

Small pieces of art always look good on a small table, desk, bookcase or on a small wall. But they also look terrific in a grouping. You can see some examples here on my pinterest board: