Artists I admire: Geninne

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In this series I spotlight some of my favorite artists, many of who inspire me and my designs in some way. I hope you find a new favorite to love!

Artist + Business Name:

Geninne D. Zlatkis

Geninne's Etsy Shop:

Geninne's Instagram

What I love about her style:

Geninne is very obviously influenced by nature and has a special love for birds. Me too! I absolutely delight in the natural world and I am very much drawn to art that celebrates it. Geninne is often multi-disciplinary in creating her art: she combines pen and ink, watercolor, and college using the most wonderful bits of ephemera such as envelopes, postcards, tags and so on.

Additionally, she currently lives in New Mexico and previously lived in Mexico so her experience of flora and fauna is different from mine. I very much enjoy the change of scenery her work brings to me -- birds that aren't familiar and cactuses are quite common in her work.

What I love about her:

First off, Geninne is curious and doesn't limit herself. Not only does her art incorporate multiple mediums but she often goes on tangents exploring new things. She's burned designs into leather and she's done pottery. In addition she offers a huge range of products (read more below). I find this so inspiring as I can relate to having multiple artistic interests!

Second, I have the impression she lives life at a gentle pace and is good to herself. She often posts views of nature or mentions taking walks. She seems to travel and enjoy museums and posts photos of those adventures. I am quite sure she works hard too but I just get the impression everything is well-integrated. I admire the life she has built for herself as a working artist.


Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps is Geninne's book on carving your own stamps (something she does on the regular). I dabbled in this briefly in college and hope to get back to it someday. I have always loved the look of flat solid graphics which is exactly what this medium lends itself to.

Other goodies:

As a business owner, one of the things I really admire about Geninne is the way she works with other companies to license her work. I've bought fabric with her art (her birds grace my sunroom curtains!), I've received greeting cards with her art and a quick search on Amazon brings up coloring books, puzzles, boxed cards, pillows, journals, planners, stickers and calendars. I also know she has a line with Hallmark that includes some beautiful home decor pieces. Licensing like this is definitely a stream of income I would love to explore for myself in the future.

Read more:

Podcast interview
While She Naps with Abby Glassenberg | November 2015

Geninne, blogger in Mexico, Finds Inspiration in Nature
Huffington Post | July 2012

Geninne Zlatkis
Inspiration Boards | November 2007

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