~ About ~


My name is BJ and I’m so thrilled you stopped by my website!

If you haven’t figured it out, Eclectic Turtle Studio is kind of an umbrella business that encompasses a LOT of things! Rather than referring to myself as an artist, I like to say that I am a “CREATIVE”!

Take a look around, check out my work, and let me know if you have any questions by filling out the contact form!

Autism Acceptance

You are never too old for self-discovery. At 30 years old, I was formally diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (Inattentive Type), and Social Anxiety. I had a gut feeling before being evaluated, but I am so grateful that I was able to see a professional.

Not everyone has the resources to be formally diagnosed, and when it comes to Autism (ASD) self-diagnosis is valid! I want to make my stance known on this issue. Keep an eye out for when I add some Autism Acceptance designs to my Threadless Shop!

~ Just a lil more info ~

 A Q&A by Annette Schaefer

Behind the name Eclectic Turtle Studio is the lively graphic designer and artist BJ Roth. BJ has always found joy in creativity. From writing to drawing to music and, of course, crafting, BJ has found their creativity to be an essential outlet. With that sort of passion backing them, BJ created Eclectic Turtle Studio, to not only be able to pursue creativity as a career, but to also be able to make art on their own terms. 

What inspired your love of art?

Probably just the idea that my mind was filled with these pictures and ideas, and creating was a way of making those come to life. I write poetry when things are too abstract for pictures,  but for the most part I can just create something and feel more understood through that. Even when people don’t understand it themselves. 

What drove you to pursue a career in graphic design?

Microsoft Paint is the inspiration for that one. From a young age I was making “gorgeous” drawings on that program. Also, I was always making PowerPoint presentations, book report covers, and everything else look extra-nice before turning it in. While I enjoyed making art in traditional styles, there was something about using a computer to create it, especially when I started using better programs, that was just satisfying. Plus, I sucked at school, and needed to pursue something creative or I wouldn’t have survived. 

What sparked you to create Eclectic Turtle Studio?

After a year and a half of trying to get a job in the field, I decided that it was time to put my skills to use under my own authority. Time to step up to the plate and be my own boss! It was the day after I turned 28. I just sat down at my computer and made it happen!! The response has blown me away. 

What goals do you have with Eclectic Turtle Studio?

I would LOVE for it to bring in enough money for me to be able to support my family! I just want it to be a go-to place for small gifts AND graphic design needs. The shop may look small now, but I want to get to a place where I am making custom orders on the daily!

What are you most looking forward to as you take on this new venture in your career?

Freedom! I love to make art, but being able to decide what art I work on and what kind of things I make, that will be huge for me!! It will also allow me to travel more often, which I freaking love!