I’m a Midwestern illustrator, author, and product designer.

Things I love: cats, travel, biking (the old-school kind where you actually go outside), and community gardens.

I always knew I wanted to be an artist, so when I attended the University of Illinois in 1992, I got my degree in one of the three art majors they offered—graphic design. The only other options were photography and painting. I am not a photographer and according to my dad, artists (painters) don’t make any money, so graphic design it was. Let’s just say I wasn't immune to my dad’s lack of enthusiasm.

  • I quickly learned

    that kerning (adjusting space between letters) on the back of John Deere oil lube spray cans was not my thing. After a few more advertising agency stints and designing catalogs for farm equipment, I took the plunge and went 100% freelance at 27 years old. No more 9-5 jobs.

  • I mixed in mural painting

    with my freelance graphic design, and eventually went all-out and started designing my own home décor product line in 2000. I teamed up with a fine art publisher and agent, Art In Motion, and began designing countless product lines for retailers across the globe.

Story on style - truth bomb!

I am not like other artists. I have not one, not two, but many styles up my sleeve. Most artists work very hard at developing their own signature style. In all honesty, I have tried my darndest to achieve the same! But I’ve been illustrating since I was in the single digits, and over the years my illustration style has changed dramatically. While that used to bother me, I have since come to embrace the fact that I thrive at pushing myself to try new mediums and methods.

  • Tauck Luxury Travel

    Writer and illustrator Angela Staehling found her artistic inspiration with us this past April aboard Heart of the Danube: Bavaria to Budapest

  • St. Louis Fox 2 News Interview on How to Pet a Cat

    FOX2 Now – St. Louis TV

    Local author gives tutorial on how to properly pet a cat. Author Angela Staehling explains the do’s and dont’s of petting cats. Watch here.

  • St. Louis National Paublic Radio interviews Angela Staehling

    NPR – St. Louis Public Radio

    St. Louis author shares tips on ‘How to Pet a Cat’ — with Sarah Fenske of St. Louis Public Radio. Listen here.

  • NPR – East End to Westchester

    Angela Staehling talks about her inspiration for writing and illustrating the charming yet practical guide How to Pet a Cat on Dog Talk®(and Kitties Too!). Listen here.

A look back

Over 20 years of painting + design

  • Freelance graphic design and mural painting
  • Had baby Cole
  • Moved to Missouri
  • Exhibited at the Atlant Gift Show selling handpainted home decor + gifts
  • Signed on with fine art Publisher, Art In Motion
  • Had baby Mia
  • Launched extensive product line with Art In Motion
  • Sold products in major retailers around the world
  • Had baby Ella
  • Moved to Minnesota
  • Art featured on HGTV + Paula's Home Cooking Show
  • Created limited editions for Mario Andretti Winery in Napa Valley
  • Sold original paintings in art galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Sold our house to travel Europe for one year
  • Painted remotely for Art In Motion
  • Launched a line of wall decor with Target
  • Started licensing my own artwork
  • Began a collaboration designing exclusive products for HomeGoods, T.J.Maxx, Marshall's
  • Wrote and illustrated the book HAPPY HOUSEPLANTS
  • Developed National Parks product line for retailers
  • HAPPY HOUSEPLANTS book sold in Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, New York Botanical Garden
  • Reached the milestone of traveling to over 50 countries
  • Wrote and illustrated the book HOW TO PET A CAT