meet the artists

Our artists create and inspire us through their art. The story behind each piece found at Cottage Arts is one deeply rooted in creativity and passion. Our artists are local to Bakersfield, California which means that every purchase goes back into the artistic community!

Read more about each of our talented artists below.

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just because | by Denise Schneiter

I have been an artist and crafter all my life.  I have always loved texture and color.  Paper of all kinds, colored pencils, inks and stamps.  I love vintage images.  I found I enjoyed cutting things out.  So, I started putting things together.  I found that what I enjoyed doing had a name...  Mixed Media. "Just Because" features Mixed Media bookmarks, plaques, gift tags.

Each piece is unique.  Many of the images I have found in old books and magazines or from paper I have collected.  Many times the inspiration for my art will come from one of these images. I would like others to enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it.  

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” - Thomas Merton


sunset + Pine | by demi wong

Each print has a story behind it and is meant to encourage and empower the person to whom it is given. Every illustration is thoughtfully handcrafted and one of a kind. Send your sister my 'Golden' woman print and remind her that she wears a crown of beauty and grace. Remind your loved one that you're thinking of them with my 'June' wedding print. My seasonal 'Hello Fall' print can add that special touch to your holiday decor. Need a special gift for a friend or relative? I can also provide custom hand lettering for weddings, special events, holidays, and birthdays. My illustrations and prints can be framed for a nursery, etc. or sent as a unique greeting card. The possibilities are endless.

My hope is that my illustrations bring joy and encouragement to those who see them. Whether you need a custom creation, or just see one of my prints at the cottage, it would make my day to know that I created something with which you could connect. I love coming up with personal and thoughtful pieces that can serve as special treasures for customers throughout the years. 


sewing into lives | by barbara wong

Creating inspires and bring me joy.  This process has made me want to help others: to encourage and nurture the creative in others and also to help them in the process of growing into who they were meant to be.

As founder of Cottage Arts, I am able to put my passion of education into action by leading multiple classes ranging from sewing to crafts. When I'm not teaching, I love to create. I love searching for unique or vintage fabrics and items. From there I create something different & unique. I love to use old vintage quilts, rusty parts, mid-century fabrics, or delicate laces. Everything I do is crafted from the heart in hopes that it touches yours.

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liberty arts studio | by Ashley Hurlbert

I specialize in "tiny art", miniature paintings and mixed media creations, cards and hosting "Paint and Create" Parties. I have been creating art most my life, however, about 20 years ago transitioned from painting murals to creating miniature sized paintings on custom hand painted cards.

What makes it special is having a unique style all its own. Being able to add whimsy to my creations allows me to share my deep inner joy with others. Spreading a lil' sunshine!

Selling my art has been one of the brightest highlights of my personal life. Teaching art and hosting parties has returned to me a zeal for life and that had been missing for a while. It has honestly truly changed my life.