My obsession with animals began at a very young age, It all started at 2 years old with my first dog 'Pixie'. I quickly realized dogs don’t talk back, they love you unconditionally and never judge their human companion. Soon after came my love for art. However, it took me many years to get up the nerve to combine the two into my dream job!
I was born and raised in Western NC, studied Fine Art at Western Piedmont Community College, then Fine Art and Graphic Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. However, my fear of being a ‘starving artist’ held me back. I changed directions and spent 17 years working a fulfilling career in Occupational Therapy with special needs children. I experienced many of the typical bumps in life that most adults experience. However, in 2015 I experienced a life changing event of losing my father in law and nearly loosing my husband in a terrible car accident. It was then I decided life was too short not to at least make an attempt to follow my passion. I combined my love for animals and art into my full time job.
My little business has grown over the years. We now offer tote bags, and home decor items including; tin signs, pallet wood art, flour sack towels, and art prints on fine art paper and canvas. We now occupy a 1,500 sq/ft workspace in Morganton, NC. My son, Steven and 4 hard working ladies help with printing and shipping.
I also license my art. Canvas prints and other items can be found in retailers including Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, Home Goods, Dollar General and other major retailers.
My medium is acrylic paint on canvas. My signature style is a ‘headshot’ with focus on the animals expression, especially the eyes.
Artist Statement: 'The goal of my art is to brighten a room, bring some smiles and honor the beauty, innocence, and best of all, humor in all of God’s creations.' -Lee Keller-