It was brought to my attention yesterday that 2 people were copying my work and selling it on etsy. This is even more annoying since I am struggling financially and they are making money off my efforts. After looking around on etsy my Husband found several more people who had just copied the images off the internet and we making things with them to sell or in one case they painted copies and sold them. All of these images were from a series I did for the 35th birthday celebration for Hello Kitty. I can’t even make things out of these designs because the copyright is held by Hello Kitty’s parent company Sanrio. I would need their permission first. I did 9 paintings for the event and several of them were my interpretation of some old masters paintings. There is a big difference between using another persons art as reference to create your own original piece of art and doing a copy and passing it off as your work.Here is an example of stealing. And the kicker here is this person had the balls to say the image was copyrighted to her!