This is part of our ongoing series where we featured inspiring artists and illustrators from the Maker Mentors community. Today we are featuring an interview with Mindy Carpenter, the Founder of Carpe Diem Papers.  Join our community to get updates delivered directly to your inbox.

What is the name of your business? And what do you do?

Carpe Diem Papers. I am a painter, writer and own greeting card company, Carpe Diem Papers.

What kind of art do you make? How would you describe your art?

I paint in acrylics. My work is best described as nostalgic art meets vintage style. I capture the beauty in every day moments and objects.

How did you get started?

I started my company almost five years ago. I started painting as a hobby but have always been in the gift and stationery industry.

Are you professionally trained or self-taught?

I am mostly self-taught but have worked with a wonderful mentor for many years.

Where are you currently based?

I’m currently based in Ashland, OR and spend time with friends and family in the San Francisco/Carmel area and Victoria, BC Canada.

How many hours per day or week do you spend creating art? Or how many pieces of art do you create on a weekly basis?

Too hard to calculate. I am always creating. I paint 4-5 times a week but even when I’m not painting, I am researching the next piece or thinking about it, finding inspiration.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere, I need frequent day trips. I love cafes, bookstores, online inspiration, the ocean, flea markets, antique stores, anywhere that feels like my heart’s home. My greatest inspiration comes from my memory. My parents and grandparents collected antiques so my love of vintage and quirky sank in through osmosis.

Can you describe your creative process?

I paint what I love. Often that is dictated by seasonal needs, for example, I do more commission before Christmas. Or if I’m prepping for a show, I start a collection and go from there. My last one was “Sea & Sky” and “Sweet Treats”. I enjoy working in a collection, I do my best work when I’ve got several pieces working together.

What project are you most proud of?

I’m most proud and honored to be collaborate with other retailers. I enjoy knowing my customers and know that they are buying from an artist, a one woman operation, doing it all, packing each box of cards or painting each piece with love.

What are you working on right now?

I’m prepping a Valentine’s Day postcard painting series and prepping to go to Atlanta AmericasMart, a wholesale tradeshow.

You can see more of Mindy’s work at

Follow her on Instagram @mindyc415 or Facebook Carpe Diem Papers 


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