Our Artists

Messenger takes great pride in producing meaningful stationery products. That’s why many of our stationery series feature the artwork of well known artists such as Thomas Kinkade, Rick Kelley, Danny Hahlbohm, Precious Moments® and others. Each artist has their own unique inspiration and vision which is beautifully conveyed in their work. We invite you to get to know our artists...

 

 

 Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade

In the very beginning of his artistic career, Thomas Kinkade put his entire life savings into the printing of his first lithograph. Though at the time he was already an acclaimed illustrator, Thom found that he was inspired not by fame and fortune, but by the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most. It was this dedication and singular-minded focus on the ultimate goal of Sharing the Light™ that made Thomas Kinkade, a simple boy with a brush from the small country town of Placerville, California the most-collected living artist of his time.

 

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 Rick Kelley

Rick Kelley

Rick Kelley's wildlife and African art is a visual journal of his life's travels, experiences and adventures. Every creation evokes a fond memory of the wildlife Rick admires, preserves, and respects. Rick's approach is to capture the emotion in each animal, whether it is the serenity of the loon, the majesty of the bald eagle or the stealth power of the gray wolf. These visions and strong emotions coupled with Kelley's scientifically and proportionately correct images have made him a nationally recognized and critically acclaimed wildlife artist.

 

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 Danny Hahlbohm

Danny Hahlbohm

Danny was born in Mineola, New York, in June of 1949. He grew up on the eastern end of Long Island, New York, until 1968 when he enlisted in the Armed Forces and was sent overseas. Toward the end of his tour in the Armed Forces he received a miracle from God that changed his life and led him to accept the Lord and become a Christian. He was Honorably Discharged in 1972 and began painting for galleries and auctions across the Nation.

 

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Precious Moments

It all began more than thirty years ago, when Precious Moments® creator Sam Butcher began drawing the endearing teardrop-eye children he called "Precious Moments" as gifts for family and friends. Today, his Precious Moments artwork is among the most recognized art in the world, sharing messages of loving, caring and sharing with collectors from around the globe.

 

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Wild Wings

Founded in 1968, Wild Wings published its first signed and numbered, limited edition art print in 1970 and mailed its first direct-mail catalog in 1971. Today, 40 years after its inception, Wild Wings continues to lead the industry in product development and innovative approaches to incorporating nature themes into a wide range of art products, gifts, home furnishings, collectibles and apparel. Wild Wings products provide the perfect foundation for creating the popular “north woods” or “lodge” home decor look. Having pioneered the nature movement four decades ago, the company, along with its many talented artists, is considered by many to be the leading authority in this growing category.

 

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Molly West

Inspired by the ancient craft of papermaking, Molly West began creating business cards and invitations for friends and family. After apprenticeships in paper conservation and fine design binding, she created the first Molly West Handbound Books in 1992, in the dining room of a San Francisco Victorian. Her collection includes photo albums, guest books, journals, address books, keepsake boxes, and a perpetual planner.

 

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Robert Fobear

Robert Fobear has been painting, designing, and illustrating for 35 years. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Robert's childhood in an environment full of outdoor activities and wildlife has had a far-reaching influence in the life and painting of this nationally recognized artist. The love of God's creativity in nature with its awesome landscapes filled with many textures and patterns are a favorite subject of the artist.

 

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 Nadezhda Strelkina

Nadezhda Strelkina

Nadezhda Strelkina (maiden name Burbysheva) was born in the small village of Fedoskino, not far from Moscow, Russia. Fedoskino village is the oldest center of the art of traditional Russian Lacquer painting. This artwork is meticulously hand-painted in miniature on boxes and other articles created of a specially constructed dense wood-like papier -mache.

 

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 Oleg Gavrilov

Oleg Gavrilov

Oleg was born in Russia in the winter of 1964 in a Moscow suburb. With his schoolmates playing outside in the streets, Oleg instead could be found spending hours admiring the beauty of nature in the Russian woods. As a child Oleg discovered his gift for drawing, and he insisted that his parents enroll him in a local Art School for children. His interest in art led to a wondrous collection of stamps depicting nature, and his favorites were the ones alive with colorful flowers and shimmering butterflies.

 

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Darrell Bush

Darrell Bush

Darrell Bush paints a variety of subjects ranging from wildlife, to landscapes, seascapes, nostalgia, and even an occasional still life. One element echoing through all of his art is the luminescent presence of light. Light, whether man-made or natural creates a mood and helps convey the story.

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T.C. Chiu

 

T.C. Chiu

T. C. Chiu was born in China and developed an interest in art when he was a young child. He began his art studies in China and continued when he came to America in 1974. His delicate work is the combination of the essential qualities of traditional realism and contemporary painting techniques.

 

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