I have been an artist all my life. I used to mainly draw with graphite pencils and color pencils.
Back in my 20’s, I was always asked to draw my coworkers pets and children. I did quite a few over the years, but then when I moved to Santa Cruz from the Detroit area in 2009, I started working with clay. I began creating hand built pieces and tiles. From there, I stumbled into the world of sewing and became very crafty!
I eventually started Mackerilla Design in 2001, when I started to design and sew up fabric handbags. I sold many of my “Mackerilla” bags here in Santa Cruz, as well as all over the country as well as a few overseas. I now sell my handbag designs in sewing pattern form on many online retail sites as well as my own Etsy page.
I always wanted to get back to being an artist again, and stated, “I would try painting at some point off in the distant future”...but early in 2014, a friend of mine said to me “why wait?!” She was right! Why wait?! So I dug through my art supplies, found some old brushes and bought some acrylic paints. Then I had to decide what my subject would be. Of course, since I am a passionate pet person, dogs would be my first subject!
After my first few dog portraits of practicing painting my pets, I was asked to paint a neighbors dog. Then, after posting photos on my Facebook page, Gimpy Pets, and my art page, Janice Serilla Design, I started to get more clients for custom pet portraits! That is how it all started! I now switch between days of painting, and days of a bit of sewing and designing.
I really love painting! I am so glad I was pushed to start now, instead of waiting! I'm having fun with it, and I'm looking forward to where this will take me! I can’t wait to buy a giant canvas to do something huge!!!