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Beth Hempton illustration

Illustrator & Bigtime Retrophile


Obsessed with the beauty in the details, is one way that I describe myself. Another is that I'm often overcome with anemoia: nostalgia for a time you've never known. I love browsing antique stores, admiring pretty household items and clothing from decades before I was even born.


The fascinating details and impressive handcrafted nature of everyday objects of the past, built to last and still here to enjoy, continually delight me. Vintage housewares and fashion, gorgeous flora and cute fauna, and appreciating life’s simple pleasures are my biggest inspirations.

I began my art studies as a Studio Art Major, and earned a BFA in Design. I worked for graphic design agencies for several years, both in Seattle and in Germany, and then decided I'd like to be an art teacher instead. I went on to earn a Masters in Teaching and I taught high school art, but that wasn't quite right for me either. I moved on to creative entrepreneurial pursuits - including making handmade children's toys, co-owning a craft workshop and retail business focused on local makers, and later running my own retro clothing boutique until 2020.


Now, after many years of trying many things, I've realized that all I really want to do is draw pictures! These days, I primarily work digitally in Procreate, Affinity Designer, Photoshop & Illustrator. I sometimes also incorporate acrylic gouache painting into my digital work. I make my creations from a sunny little home studio in Austin, Texas, but I look forward to connecting with you through my art, wherever you may be in the world. 


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