As the headquarters of handmade and vintage goods, Etsy is a great place to start your search for one-of-a-kind art. Their marketplace provides a place for artists, collectors and creatives to offer their best work, and our hometown provides some spectacular inspiration.
To show off the creativity of Bay Area artists and to create a resource for every gift giving or housewarming occasion, we rounded up some of our favorite shops. These Bay Area artists have created photographs, original paintings, city maps, San Francisco skylines and other works of art you’ll have to see to believe. Happy shopping!
Photo courtesy of Art Line Crafts
Based in Oakland, Art Line Crafts is led by artist JR Mellin who creates one-of-a-kind woodcut metro maps. His laser cut San Francisco pieces are made with natural woods like birch and Baltic birch for beautiful finishes and contrasts.
Photo courtesy of Carole Nataf Art
Painter Carole Nataf was born and raised in Paris where she lived for 20 years. As an adult, she relocated to Boston and has most recently moved to the City by the Bay. Using both acrylics and oils, she creates original plein art pieces inspired by her surroundings, including Bay Area spots like Pacifica Beach, Grove Street, the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, and more.
Photographer Dave Gordon began taking photos professionally to escape the stresses of his day job. While on outdoor explorations with his Yellow Lab rescue puppy, he photographed his naturally photogenic home: San Francisco. This landed him awards and accolades both locally and internationally. Now, you can purchase his prints on Etsy showcasing the landscapes that have made the Bay Area famous.
Photo courtesy of Dirt Alley Design
Owner and artist Michelle Chandra creates handmade works of art that are both fun to look at and fun to solve. She transforms city maps into solvable mazes! Each hand-drawn maze map is created using real street data from each city. You can hang it to display, find your own way through the maze, or do both!
Photo courtesy of doodles.ink
Regina Schachter is the owner and designer behind doodles.ink. Out of her home in Oakland, she creates paper goods inspired by the Bay Area, California landmarks, florals and botanicals. Her impressive lineup of art prints include landmarks from San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda and even Walnut Creek.
From her home in San Francisco, Lisa Kellman of LMK Designs creates prints and paper goods that are minimalist, colorful, playful and beautiful. Her SF-inspired pieces include the San Francisco Structures Print, the San Francisco Neighborhood Infographic and the San Francisco Map Poster.
Photo courtesy of Niks Paint Gallery
Niks is the owner, artist and creative behind Niks Paint Gallery. Inspired by worldly travels and everyday scenes, her original works of art evoke complex emotions whether they’re abstract, realistic, playful or serene. Her city-inspired paintings include bright and bold watercolors of the Golden Gate Bridge, minimalist sketches of the city, and colorful skylines.
Photo courtesy of Printica Studio
Designed out of a Mountain View studio, Printica creates maps inspired by cities all over the country, including Oakland and San Francisco! The team’s minimalist city maps would be at home with any design style and their colorful stadium maps—which include Oakland Coliseum and Levi’s Stadium—are perfect for every sports fan.
Photo courtesy of Purple Cactus Custom Designs
Though based out of Sacramento, the art pieces from Purple Cactus had to make our list for sheer creativity. Abby Thornton creates precise and colorful string art against both natural and painted woods. Her replica of the San Francisco skyline can be customized with your choice of wood stain, string colors and even font.
Photo courtesy of Sketch Away
Suhita strives to view and capture the world around her as a traveler would, noticing both the spectacular and the everyday moments. Working from her shoulder bag studio, she sketches quickly and passionately to create inspired images of places like the Sutro Baths, the Painted Ladies, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower and other locations across California and the world. Her one-of-a-kind creations are available in her Etsy shop as unframed prints.
Photo courtesy of Soul Paper Art
Alexandra Matthews is the artist behind Soul Paper. Her handmade works include black and white illustrations, colorful watercolor skylines, even pencil-drawn maps of San Francisco. Whichever one you choose, every piece is simple, clean, contemporary and eye-catching.
Photo courtesy of Studio Posas
Living and working in San Francisco, artist Megan Posas is inspired every day by our beautiful city. Her original pieces evoke both the simplicity and the unique character of her surroundings—whether it’s a colorful San Francisco Victorian or a serene seascape. In her Etsy shop, you’ll find archival inkjet prints made by Megan of her own original paintings. We also recommend following Megan and her work on Instagram!
Photo courtesy of Studio Vantage
Becca Musser moved to the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco in 2017 and immediately fell in love with her surroundings. After snapping photos of the neighborhood, she was inspired to create her first watercolor, and Studio Vantage was born. Her Etsy shop offers prints of her original paintings inspired by San Francisco and, specifically, Bernal Heights. You can check out her newest pieces on her Instagram page here.
Artist Oliver Hoeller creates science-based illustrations and paintings inspired by his own explorations and observations. In his Etsy shop, Visual Flaneur, you’ll find prints and original paintings inspired by San Francisco City Hall, the Mission, Powell Street and even the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. You can learn more about Oliver on his website.
Photo courtesy of Watercolor & Ink Art
Elizabeth Marie describes herself as a landscape architect by profession, an artist by practice and perfectionist by accident. After moving to San Francisco, her affinity for drawing intensified and you’ll often find her outside sketching the ornate details of our city’s romantic architecture. In her Etsy shop, you can purchase prints of these sketches and watercolors. Each one displays her precise attention to detail and offers a splash of color we love.
Photographer Zach Matthai has been growing his passion for photography for years, and upon moving to the Bay Area, that passion turned into an obsession. Prints available in his Etsy shop include sailboats in front of the Bay Bridge, dramatic lighthouses, and stunning images of the Golden Gate Bridge bathed in fog.
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