Our Story

The Idea
Letters From Afar was an idea I had while painting one day. I've been an artist for most of my life, and traveling has always been my main priority.  Combining my two greatest loves, art and travel, Letters From Afar was set into motion. What better way to learn about the world than by a letter in the mail?  
I created Isabelle in admiration of the 19th-century female explorer, Isabella Bird. Isabella was an English explorer, writer, photographer, and naturalist. She traveled the globe from a young age well into her 60s. Isabella was known for her descriptive letters to home telling of her travels.
In my letters, I want to educate readers on not only iconic cities but also lesser known areas. For example, one letter might elaborate the magic of Paris - another may dive into the culture of a small Peruvian village. The world is vast and there is something fascinating to learn no matter what! Every destination that Isabelle explores is thoroughly researched before composing the letters to ensure facts are correct. When possible, the letters are written on location during my actual travels abroad.
The Process
Every monthly letter is digitally drawn, painted and written as an original work of art. A typical letter will feature illustrations and imagery of the region. Next, high-quality prints are made using thick, quality paper. Each monthly letter will also include a separate, dual sided page featuring a real map of the destination and a page from Isabelle's field notes. You are guaranteed to learn something new!
About Us
We are a husband and wife team based in Wilmington, NC. When not adventuring abroad, we spend our time mailing Letters From Afar to thousands of homes in over 40 countries. We are grateful for our readers and the experiences this project has allowed us to have!
Happy Exploring -
Shawnee Mills