Woman-owned. American made.
Susan Taylor, founder of TSPC, armed with a degree in graphic design and an eye for creativity was a successful custom picture framing business owner in Nashville, TN, for 30 years.
While working puzzles on a rainy beach vacation Susan noticed that interesting artwork and good quality jigsaw puzzles were hugely underrepresented. Reaching out to some of her contacts in the artistic community Susan decided to try designing and selling a few puzzles. After a few years of pedaling puzzles out of the trunk of her SUV to mostly local boutiques True South Puzzle Company finally took off. Suddenly customers were bringing in their True South puzzles to be framed at Susan’s picture framing shop! In 2018 Susan sold her framing business to run True South full time. She continues to support independent artists by getting their artwork in the public eye with a host of new designs every year. A portion of the proceeds of puzzle sales support exceptional non-profits as part of True South’s mission to give back.
Meet the artists
Originally from London, UK, Allie now lives in Auckland, NZ, where she transitioned from project management to illustration and design. She enjoys combining traditional painting and drawing with digital illustration to create fun and character-filled scenes, interesting textures, and patterns and unique hand lettering. When not fulfilling her duty as cat servant or training her border collie, Allie loves adventure and finds inspiration in the rich tapestry of our planet. She has travelled the globe to hike in remote wilderness, dive coral gardens and explore native wildlife and colourful diverse cultures.
Ally Frame is a Midwest artist specializing in illustration and mural making. She is known for incorporating whimsical, and sometimes downright silly, animals into her pieces along with bright colors. Frame is inspired by the woods she grew up playing in and attempts to capture the magic of its wildlife. Frame spends the majority of her time drawing, but also enjoys reading a good psychological thriller, taking walks, and petting cute dogs.
True South Puzzle Company’s first series features the work of the Anderson Design Group—a full-service design firm specializing in hand-rendered design and illustration. A few years ago, they began creating poster art to showcase their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee—all rendered in a classic time-honored style of the golden age of poster art. The Spirit of Nashville Collection, as it became known, was a smashing success, and this award-winning series of classic poster art has won international acclaim. Fueled by the popularity of the Music City designs, they have gone on to create several new lines of prints that celebrate other American cities national parks, coastal living, vintage advertising themes, and international travel destinations. Each of the hand-illustrated designs is created and printed with pride in Nashville.
Betsy earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing at University of Colorado, Boulder and her MFA in Computer Graphics and Interaction Design at Pratt Institute, New York City. She left the corporate world in 2006 to raise her family and explore her own design style. When her children were young, she built a thriving online invitation and party goods business that celebrated everyday life. In 2013, she transitioned her energy to focus on illustration work. Wanderlust Designer has brought her back to her 2 passions, drawing and exploring the world. She loves to create illustrations that celebrate experiences and cultures from around the globe or right at home.
Carolyn Hansen has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a BRA in Graphic Design, Carolun works as a professional illustrator and graphic designer in the Chicago suburbs, where she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters and seeing the world through their eyes. Her illustrations are inspired by nature and the idea that, with the right perspective, everything can be beautiful. She loves experimenting with digital textures to create vibrant, colorful images that make people smile.
Carolyn enjoys a varied and successful illustration career. Her training began with a BFA in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She works in a variety of styles, from realistic to whimsical. After having lived in Kansas City, San Francisco and Seattle, she has returned to her childhood home, the picture of a postcard, quaint and historic Portsmouth, NH. Being in Portsmouth means living near everything she loves and is inspired by: the ocean, lakes and mountains of New England, as well as the picturesque villages that dot the landscape.
Connie Resch is a Canadian-born artist and illustrator living in Woodinville, Washington. Her artwork is inspired by traditional scientific and botanical illustration and draws influences from vintage ephemera. She uses a variety of media including colored pencils, ink, acrylics, watercolor, and even digital painting. Driven by a tenacious curiosity for things in nature, she tends to concentrate on details and mechanisms and enjoys creating surrealism with her art. Both human and animal portraiture has been a big passion of hers from early on, as is creating joy for others through her artwork.
Cynthia Cliff is a self-taught artist and illustrator. She grew up in a tiny historic village in rural Virginia surrounded by animls, farms and woodlands, and a large extended family – which provided her with a love of history, family, nature and folklore – themes that find their way into much of her artwork. She works in both traditional and digital media, often a combination of the two. Cynthia began her illustration career in 2019 after living many other lives, and is now the author and illustrator of several children’s books. She resides in northern Virginia just outside of Washington, DC.
Eri Iguchi is an illustrator, visual development, and concept artist from Japan/China. She was born in Japan and grew up in China, though interestingly does not speak any Chinese. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, currently studing at the academy of Arts University for her MFA. Her work features a whimsical drawing with a feel of watercolor and pastel. Eri enjoys working and experimenting with a wide range of styles and techniques. She aims to create a wide range of works that can best support a story.
Erica is a licensed artist, illustrator and surface pattern designer living in sunny California. She draws her inspiration from growing up in a retro beach town where she fished in the local harbor, spent long days at the beach, and visited her corner fabric store which is where she developed a love for pattern. Erica has an eclectic whimsichal style that is fun, on trend and can be found in stores around the world on products such as gift wrap, greeting cards, bolt fabric, and seasonal home decor. When she is not designing in her Urban Daisies studio, she’s working in her garden, cuddling her cats, or trying a new recipe in her kitchen.
Our lives and our puzzles attest to the fact that we love national parks, we love animals, and we love music. We’ve made it part of our mission to support exceptional nonprofits caring for the things that matter to us and to our customers. Proceeds from select True South puzzles benefit the following organizations:
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
National Park Foundation
Nashville Humane Association