When I asked this artist if their work predated Klimt's "Tree of Life" they replied that they have been selling swirly trees since 2005. Surely Klimt can't top that! Interestingly enough, this artist's work is available at Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond, which leads me to question why this person is on Etsy picking on artists who do not have their work mass-produced. Artists are supposed to support each other!
I am older than I look and I was probably doodling swirly trees before this person was born. My dad drew swirly trees back in the 70s. Klimt did swirly trees back in the early 1900s. Van Gogh did swirly stars. Tolkien, Blake... trees... swirls... this person's legal team must be good. Clearly, this person is the original, one-and-only swirly tree artist as they have now added to their Etsy shop announcement! I really didn't think swirly trees were that big of a deal, they have always been fun for me. The idea that adding a swirl to the end of a tree branch is a groundbreaking, trademarked artistic technique is absolutely absurd.
Copyright infringement is rampant on Etsy. There are more resellers and copycats than you can stuff into a hand-woven, repurposed, steampunk basket, yet this delusional person is focusing on and reporting a legitimate artist who actually has to print her own work.
I hate toxic stuff.
Swirls make me happy and I will not stop making swirls.
|Fairy Tale Forest|
|This was painted in 2002...|