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My Story

Artist: Much of the art I do is influenced by my early childhood where I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s farm and in my parents’ large gardens. If I wasn't outside climbing the wooden gate to play with the goats, climbing the apple tree, getting purple stained hands picking elderberries, then I was inside surrounded by a rainbow of crayons doing drawings of my family, the animals, and nature. I grew up in an artistic family. My father worked from home as an illustrator and painter and like myself inherited migraines. Here's a link to his site. http://www.heartandsoulartworks.com

I studied art as a child in Philadelphia, PA taking Saturday classes at various art schools learning still life drawing, figure drawing, fashion illustration, color theory, ceramics, and more. Later I studied mostly traditional art as well as some digital art at Moore College of Art and Design (1989), The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA, (2005-06) and the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, CA (2006-2009).   I have dabbled in freelance illustration throughout my life while raising my two kids and rescuing fur babies. I created art for print on note cards  and sold them at local gift shops in various areas of southeastern PA where I lived most of my life. Soon after starting my pet care business in 2010, I began offering pet portraits. These were originally done in oil and then acrylic, but both aggravated my migraines. I now "paint" with pastel and colored pencil as well as watercolor. In 2017, I moved with my family to my boyfriend's home state of  Ohio, just outside Cleveland. Currently, I have been working on new illustration collections inspired by my love for animals and the country lifestyle I adore.  My hope is to become a licensed artist in surface design as well as continue my love of offering pet and people portraits.                                                    

Pet Care: As a child I always had animals in my life, from our own pet cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, hamsters, fish, ferrets, mice and reptiles, to spending time on my grandma's farm with the goats, ducks, and chickens. I also rescued a few animals as a child and later in life did years of volunteer work with a cat rescue organization and a wildlife rehabilitation and education center. During that time I worked part time at a pet hotel and was inspired to start my own small pet care business. In 2010, I got certified through NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters) and started my business in PA. There, I got the opportunity to care for not only cats and dogs, but chickens, ducks, horses, goats, and various other "pets". I spent three years volunteering with the wildlife rehab where I fed baby birds, squirrels, fawns, opossums, beavers and got rabies vaccinated so I could feed/handle the vector species (raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, and fox). During that time I also completed a Veterinary Assistant Diploma program. In 2015, I got an AA Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Environmental Science, which further grew my knowledge on animals and nature. In 2017 I moved with my family to Ohio and restarted my small pet care business. I have been enjoying meeting all the new clients and caring for their fur babies. :)