I am more than happy to provide retailers with an assortment of merchandise at 40% off with no minimum quantities on individual items—you can get one keepsake box, or three of one card and two of another, for instance. I’ve also designed a monthly sampler box to provide retail customers with a real sample of the things I make so it’s easier to make decisions on things you’d like to purchase.
Everything on this site is made from my original art or photo, all the feline art inspired by the cats I’ve rescued and fostered and lived with over the past three decades. Even before I designed my animal sympathy cards I understood how important it was to provide animal-themed greetings that weren’t necessarily mass-market messages. I also discovered after the losses of several cats that there were few animal-oriented sympathy cards available and friends actually apologized for some of the cards they sent to me.
Feline artwork, changing with the times
The role of our companion animals in our lives has been rapidly changing in the past decade, and as the art a culture produces is often the best historical document of what was happening in society at the time, animal art is even now reflecting our changes.
A society of canine artists has existed since the 18th century, but there has never been one for cats. The Dog Writers’ Association of America was founded in 1935 and is well known for attending Westminster and following the show circuit and canine issues, yet when I say that I am a member of the Cat Writers’ Association the response is usually an amused, “Really? There is such a thing?” though it’s been around since 1992. It wasn’t so long ago a popular local veterinarian had not even a doodle of a cat anywhere in his practice, but canine art on the wall, and galleries wouldn’t hang my cat art, just on principle.
I began my career as an artist by drawing my cats. While I also paint other subjects, including dogs—you can see dozens of fine samples of my canine art in my portfolio of portraits—and study and practice art all the time for both fine and commercial art projects, cats are my visual muse. I don’t constrain my cat art to any one style but take it from the most photorealistic scenes to nearly abstract sketches or multimedia, and all varieties in between. I offer it not just as wall art but also as more utilitarian things like notebook covers, mousepads and fabric swatches as well as things I make by hand like keepsake boxes, tiles and tote bags.
Flowers, seasons, and my laundry
It’s all inspiring to me and has its place in my art and photo portfolio. The landscape of Western Pennsylvania is a constant inspiration to me. Many of my works were done “en plein air”, from life and not from photos, out standing in an old pasture or walking through the woods. A constant gardener, I don’t know whether to tend the flowers beds, admire the flowers, harvest the vegetables or paint them and sometimes on a summer day I’ll try to do all of those things. Then, of course, there are the vases of flowers inside or outside for daily pleasure as well as the wildflowers brought back from a trip afield which provide constant, though fleeting, inspiration. And I carry a camera and sketch materials with me everywhere. These are the inspirations for my paintings and photos of flowers and nature art I use for my greeting cards and gift boxes.
Your benefits as an retailer
40% discount when you shop
If you sign up for an account on this site, your account type receives an automatic 40% discount on almost every item* reflected in your shopping cart as you add your items to your cart, and your purchases accrue for customer rewards. Even if you don’t sign up for an account, if you advise me of your business with a website or correspondence with your name and business name, I will give you a one-time retailer discount code for your purchase.
*Gift certificates and certain handmade items are not discounted.
I also offer special packaging for materials intended for display, such as clear sleeves for individual greeting cards, prints and paper products and shrink wrapping or other clear sleeves for books plus clear and descriptive labeling.
A Sampler Box to try things out
A few of my commercial art and writing customers are retailers and I run things past them as well as friends, most of whom and others I know who work with the rescues and shelters I visit with cat fosters and placement and who volunteer with the TNR clinic I work with. If they like these things, then I’ll offer them to other veterinarians and animal professionals too.
That’s why the idea of a sampler box for animal professionals came to mind as I’d been planning one for retail customers. I’d planned for these boxes to include not only things professionals could use in day to day business but also things you could use to thank clients or vendors, things you use for yourself or give as gifts or donation items to shelter or rescue or other fundraiser.
- an 8” x 10” print matted to 11” x 14”, ready to frame OR a small framed print, either an existing piece of artwork or a new one
- three greeting or note cards, one a current design and one a new design and one other
- a handmade or other gift item—a small keepsake box or a little art sampler book, a crocheted item or rubber stamp or clay item, new art paper, or a picture frame, for instance
Sometimes they’ll be little experiments and I’ll be asking for feedback. I’ll be happy that you get to see art you may have never noticed, and little handmade goods that work so much better in your hands than a photo on your computer.
Sign up for your Sampler Boxes
Sampler boxes can be purchased singly or in subscriptions of three and six boxes. Shipping within the US is included.
$25.00 for one box
- one matted print, regular value $15.00
- three cards, regular value $3.00
- one gift item, average value $10.00
- regular total value about $28.00
$50.00 for a three box subscription
- three matted prints, regular value $45.00
- nine cards, regular value $9.00
- three gift items, average value $30.00
- regular total value about $84.00
Sympathy cards and other cards
Because animal professionals generally purchase a quantity of cards at one time, I offer nearly all commercially printed cards on this site for $1.00 per card to animal professionals, and you can assort any quantity of any card* to add to your order.
*Hand-printed and handmade cards do not assort with other cards for a discount.
I had originally designed my animal sympathy cards for sale to individuals and to retailers, but almost as soon as I designed them in 2009 a feline-specific veterinary clinic found them. That clinic is still a customer and seven other veterinary practices also purchase quantities of animal sympathy cards from me two to four times a year; a dozen or so more purchase now and then. I’ve added designs to the original dozen dedicated to a few geriatric and hospice rescues who shared my life, and also added a few more of the cats who shared their lives with me.
Most of the animal professionals who purchase from me choose designs not only from the cards designed as animal sympathy cards but from other sets as well—images in Feline Fine Art Cards, My Cats in the Sun notecards and Feline Sketches note cards are all popular as well. Not all of your clients are the same, and not every loss is the same. You have the flexibility to choose from all the 5″ x 7″ cards on this site to assort for your order, even if you only want one card in a certain design.
I also carry seasonal cards for Valentines Day, Halloween cards—especially considering my household of five cats are all black and most of my fosters in the past year have been as well—and winter holiday cards for Christmas, Hanukkah and the winter season. In addition, I have cards created from my photos and paintings of my ramblings in nature with Inspired by Flowers greeting cards and In the Garden fine art cards and Today, a line of photographic cards named for my years-long habit of sharing at least one photo each day. We all have other celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and I have cards to be used for all of them.
Also, along with the cards I already have commercially printed I am now offering custom printed individual or quantities of cards with an image chosen from one of my galleries.
Wall art and office products
I can also make my own quality but inexpensive prints, and I am a picture framer, so I will be offering a line of framed prints and other wall art for the office as well as a gallery of prints to fit into standard frames I stock just for that purpose.
I also make and sell useful and decorative items such as calendars, planners mats, cups and holders and mousepads which can be used around the office or be given as gifts to employees or clients, or donated on your behalf to events that benefit animals.
Set up an account
You don’t need to set up an account to receive your discount or to sign up for a sampler box. If you want to receive the professional discount you only need to contact me before you order, confirm your business, and I will give you a one-time coupon code for ordering. But if you do set up an account your order will reflect your professional discount automatically and your purchases will accrue for customer loyalty offers and discounts.
Sign up for quarterly enewsletters
I promise I won’t bombard you with emails. Quarterly newsletters featuring new sympathy or greeting cards and a few other items is quite enough. Use the signup form below.
Thank you for visiting and considering my creations to use in your business.