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Etsy Artist of the Week: Chantal Baros Fine Art

I'd like to interrupt my usual budget-fashion programming with a brief spotlight on my sister, Chantal Baros, who just set up her very own Etsy shop: Chantal Baros Fine Art. Aside from being a bargain queen, beauty maven and fashion diva (I'm always bugging her to start her own personal style blog), Chantal is first and foremost a ridiculously talented painter whose work focuses mainly on hyper-real portraits with a surrealist twist. Whereas original oil paintings sell for thousands, Chantal has just joined the Etsy community where she's offering affordable giclee prints of many of her most recent works for just $75 each.

Chantal has also inspired me to start a regular weekly feature here on The Budget Babe where I will spotlight various other Etsy shops because Etsy is truly an incredible phenomenon and a remarkable avenue for talented artists to reach a wide audience. And for us shoppers, it's a great place to find unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for our closets and our homes.

Ok, enough gushing from me already (I'm just so darned proud of the kid!) Check out all of Chantal's fine art prints here. And if you have an Etsy shop you'd like us to check out, drop us a note in the comments!

What gorgeous artwork! Your sister is exceedingly talented.

Also, I think your plan to highlight a different Etsy shop each week is fantastic. I'm often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of shops on that site; recommendations make great jumping off points for people like me who don't always have the time/patience to scroll through dozens of pages at a time. :-)
#1 Alexandra (Homepage) on 2009-08-03 07:33 (Reply)
On behalf of my sis, thanks for the kind words. And I'm glad you like the Etsy-artist-spotlight idea, I'm overwhelmed by the site myself so this will be a helpful process for me as well :-)
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-08-03 11:20 (Reply)
Thank you for taking time to talk about ETSY. I have been purchasing unique, handcrafted gifts on the site for several years. I'd much prefer to buy someone special something handmade from the source than pay for retail mark-up and only get a mass-produced product.

I encourgage everyone to browse ETSY regularly.
#1.1.1 Felicia Oglesby on 2009-08-03 11:33 (Reply)
how fabulous!
#2 Real Style Real People (Homepage) on 2009-08-03 08:01 (Reply)
I agree with Alexandra - Etsy can certainly be overwhelming, but it also represents so much in its uniqueness and creative outlet for both those who sell and shop there!

Some shops you should check out: Plum Cushion, Alexandra Ferguson, sarahseven, The Love Shop, Sarah Gardner, derder, and tuttistudio are just a few of my personal favorites. :-)
#3 Katie (Homepage) on 2009-08-03 11:11 (Reply)
Thanks for these suggestions, I'm checking them out now!
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-08-03 11:18 (Reply)
Love (Also great place to find some budget-worthy accessories!)
#4 Jen on 2009-08-03 14:46 (Reply)
Your sis and I have the same name! How cool is that? Not too many people have my name. Good luck to her, her artwork is awesome. = )
#5 Chantal on 2009-08-09 21:37 (Reply)
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