Tired of cookie-cutter holiday cards? Duxbury artist Anne Schroeder’s artwork makes it easy to put a personal touch on everything from note cards to wine tags. Schroeder started drawing in high school and became known for her sketches of gentle faced boys and girls with long legs and big feet. When she moved to Hawaii in her 20s, she printed her first card—with an image of a long, lean boy wearing an Aloha shirt, Ocean Pacific shorts and flip flops—to send to her family back home. Her first greeting card design was copyrighted in 1978 but it wasn’t until 2003 that she was able to focus her time and energy on her artwork. Her whimsical illustrations now have a local following and are sold under the name Andi’s People.
Each illustration is drawn using pen and ink and brought to life with delicate watercolors. Schroeder’s community of characters features wide-eyed boys and girls engaged in a variety of activities. There is a gardener, surfer, cyclist, hockey player, skateboarder and ballerina, as well as several characters with instruments. “They represent all the things I am passionate about,” explains Schroeder. Several of the characters were modeled off people she knows. “The image of the mother and child reading is actually a picture of me and my daughter,” says Schroeder.
For the Christmas season, Schroeder has introduced a few new gift items that feature her artwork, from gift card holders and wine tags to a beautifully boxed Christmas card set that features six holiday themed designs. Included in the holiday designs are an image of a girl decorating a Christmas tree, a little drummer boy, and an image of Santa sitting in a row boat. Some of her other popular gift items include sticky notes that feature images like a girl doing yoga with the quote “Smile, breathe and go slowly,” and a girl holding flowers with the words “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” Andi’s People are sold at many South Shore boutiques and online.