Art Inspired by the Natural World by Meera Lee Patel

Nashville, Tennessee

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Hello! My shop will be closed until January 2021. Please e-mail me ( with any inquiries or visit, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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There is magic everywhere.

I grew up telling stories with my words; eventually I learned to tell them silently, with scribbles, color, and feeling.

I'd always been a creative soul, writing and illustrating my own short stories and novels from a young age, using my imagination as fuel to create my own happiness.

The fear of being unable to support myself in a battered economy eventually led me to trade in my colored pencils for degrees in English and Journalism. After graduation, I immediately secured a job with a publishing company, where I edited papers and put my knowledge of the Oxford Style Manual to good use.

It was only a few months before I knew I'd slowly go insane if I didn't make a drastic change. With a slew of pent-up creative energy and strong desire for self-sustenance, I opened up my Etsy shop and began, once again, to let my imagination guide me.

Managing a full-time job and my freelance illustration career has been a difficult but invigorating journey. I've finally discovered a sense of community, purpose, and creative fulfillment. I've learned to embrace hard work, new challenges, and managed to tackle a lot of small (and large!) fears. Best of all, I've learned a lesson that it takes many people years to learn: that anything is possible, and that there is magic everywhere.

After six years, I finally quit my day job in February 2017. I packed up all of my things, sublet my apartment in Brooklyn, and hit the road, traveling alone for the next 8 months. With only my backpack and an open heart, I explored the unknown. I felt really scared and anxious about making this leap, but I did it anyway, and since then -- I haven't looked back once.

It was during my travels that I wrote and illustrated My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown, my first book of essays. It was published by Penguin Random House in January 2018 (

All of my work is inspired and infused with little pieces of me -- feelings, wishes, and stories that would otherwise go untold. I hope you're able to find a smile and small parts of yourself in each piece I make, too.

Shop members

  • Meera Lee Patel

    Owner, Illustrator/Writer

    I'm an illustrator and writer living and working in Nashville, TN. My work is heavily influenced by nature and the small stories found in daily life. I hope to make work that helps people connect to themselves, others, and the world around them.

Production partners

  • Production house

    Jersey City, NJ

    A small, independent publishing house specializing in small run editions of artist books.

  • TruColor Litho

    Nashville, TN

    All prints and cards are print using an HP Indigo Press on Mohawk 120 lb. paper, locally, in Nashville, TN. I go in to press check and sign, package, and brand all items.

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Thank you for visiting my shop! I'm Meera Lee Patel, an artist and writer who believes that anything is possible. Everything I make in my studio is made with this belief in mind.

I am the author of 3 books with Penguin Random House: Start Where You Are, My Friend Fear, and Made Out of Stars. To learn more about me and my work, please visit

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