About the Founder

Meet Pansylee ...

Formally established in 1999 – Poetic Pastries Studio is a female veteran owned enterprise with Pansylee VanMeteren (aka Muse) as the lead artist and designer.

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Youth ...

A young girl clasps a picture of her father; his naval uniform crisp and pristine. She longs to see him, to hear his voice. When will he return? She opens her vintage, well worn cardboard suitcase; pulling out her paints. Soon, another filled notebook of childhood hopes and dreams is born. 

Illustration Concept

These moments of emotional purity, free from the world’s hurtful condemnations, are Pansylee VanMeteren’s first confectionary canvases.  Heart melodies on paper – private communications between a military father and daughter, foundations for every piece of artwork forged thereafter.

Military and Beyond ...

Personal military experiences threatened to dull her serendipitous outlook. But Pansylee, was not to be deterred. Upon her service retirement, she poured emotion into thousands of freeware/clipart graphics and drawings (by 2020 the Studio (in its various nom de plumes) is the 16th largest creator of copyright free artwork in the United States).

Sensing this healing process, she expanded her pro-bono work for family, friends, associates and news outlets; in 1998 she created online art classes for veterans – a trailblazer in military art therapy.

Patriotic Canvas Art
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Creativity surrounds Pansylee’s life; school, church, business, military and home life – wherever she wanders, visual playgrounds ensue. Her imaginative illustrations and paintings are found on wall murals, art canvases, printed materials, textiles, fashions and products. Preferring her whimsical portfolio over more serious art pieces is a testimony to Pansylee’s joyful nature.

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Creativity surrounds Pansylee’s life; school, church, business, military and home life – wherever she wanders, visual playgrounds ensue. Her imaginative illustrations and paintings are found on wall murals, art canvases, printed materials, textiles, fashions and products. Preferring her whimsical portfolio over more serious art pieces is a testimony to Pansylee’s joyful nature.

 

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Resolute prompting and encouragement from her blog followers led Pansylee to place her designs for sale online; making her largest impact on the website Zazzle. She holds several awards for creative excellence, her designs have been highlighted and her award winning vintage Christmas angel greeting card design has been Zazzle’s longest running top seller in it’s category for over ten years.

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The progression of Pansylee’s  portfolio, launched her into the world of graphic illustration;  as a team-member on  multiple international creative review boards whose campaign emphasis formulated product packaging, marketing and advertising for new products, with cultural significance.  Advancement to her portfolio, came with Muse’s move into the color filled genre of anime; contributing to the cinematic, television and advertising industries of Japan, Korea and the United States.  What does the future hold for Pansylee will she ever stop creating?  She ponders the question and smiles innocently, “Why, I’m still searching for that perfect hue of aqua blue -I certainly can’t quit now!”