Decorate your space with affordable art from local artists
Kelda Martensen creates paper, book, and prints. She's also a member of the visual arts faculty at North Seattle College. (Image: Artsy Forager for Mantle Art)

Decorate your space with affordable art from local artists

One of my favorite parts of decorating my space is selecting the artwork that’s going to fill each wall. While I’d love to fill my home with original pieces from my favorite artists, the fact is that I can’t afford to buy them all. Sometimes we need more affordable artistic options. Today I’d like to share where you can find budget-friendly work from three Seattle artists.

Early this spring, we shared Mantle Art’s cool framing app with you. Now I’m super excited to introduce you to Mantle Art’s limited exclusive art collection curated by former Seattle resident Lesley Frenz. Lesley runs one of my favorite contemporary art blogs, Artsy Forager, and she selected work by four amazing artists. Two of them are based right here in Seattle!

Kelda Martensen was born in Tacoma and now lives and works in Seattle. Her creative work takes the form of paper, book, and prints. In addition to creating her own pieces, Kelda is a full-time visual arts faculty member at North Seattle College. This collection marks the first time I've seen Kelda's work, and I love how she uses sections of color. 

Matt Sawyer is a Seattle photographer who beautifully captures the outdoor landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. His photograph of the Columbia River Gorge titled Demarcation represents his transition into a new life when made the 2,000 mile trek to his new home here in Seattle.

Etsy is another great source for finding affordable art. There you can find locals like mixed media artist Kate Endle, who is no stranger to the Seattle art world. You may have seen her recent show that just closed at the downtown Seattle Anthropologie store, her current exhibition at Cafe Flora in Madison Park, or gracing the covers of her books and her husband’s Caspar Babypants albums all over town. Kate’s Etsy shop is full of original work as well as a selection of prints that won’t bust your budget.

Are you strictly looking for local art? Then try Artsyo to find Seattle artists broken down by neighborhood. Pay homage to Seattle’s music scene with one of Brad Curran’s “Player” photographs. I love the industrial feel of these shots.

This is enough to get you started. Time to fill those empty walls with something beautiful!

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