Meet the Artist

My whole life I have loved art! We actually have a home-video of me on my first day of Kindergarten. I was eating breakfast in the kitchen when my parents asked me what I hoped to do at school that day. I responded by saying, "I want to paint, paint a picture for Ashley" (my older sister). I guess I knew at a young age that art would be my passion in life. I studied art in college and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Tennessee Tech University in 2006. I then taught high school art for 5 years. In the summer of 2012 I made the choice to start my own business, CollageAPet!

CollageAPet specializes in creating customized pet portraits based on YOUR pet's photos.  Those who see our pet portraits in person can’t help but glide their fingers across the textured surface, wondering what it’s made of.  The answer is simple: paper! To be more specific, we use high-end exotic papers from all around the world.  The collages are mostly made up of the high-end papers and then embellished with paint, fabric, faux fur, wood, metal, and other found objects. I can even incorporate your pet's personal toys, collars, or name tags. I wanted to do something creative, unique, and something you have never seen before! My goal is to create more than just a photo-realistic portrait of your pet; it's to capture the essence of your pet by using an artistic interpretation of your pet that is both charming and playful!

All too often, people have special photos tucked away in boxes or in photo books on the shelf.  I work with pet owners to create a larger than life, customized portrait of their pet that serves as a loving reminder of their pet and true piece of art. I hope that my art will bring joy to every pet owner I work with. I hope people can enjoy our pet paintings for a lifetime; remembering and celebrating their life.  So send me your pictures and I'll send you a CollageAPet.