Scott's my shoulder to lean on, my constant encouragement and best bud. (He's also an excellent paint-palette-cleaner-upper.) In 2008, after gifting him a handmade mini portrait for his birthday, I was thrilled (albeit, shocked) when I began receiving word of mouth orders. From friends' cats to my childhood dog, I painted countless teeny paws and wet noses. Simply put, you all have big mouths, and we love you for that. It's still humbling to know that a handful of requests quickly escalated to hundreds (upon hundreds!) in a handful of short years. Since opening The Pet Shop, I've painted over 1,000 portraits, and that number grows every day. We thank you more than you'll ever know.
In September of 2010, we officially opened the virtual Pet Shop doors, a tiny division of our DIY lifestyle blog, Yellow Brick Home. There, you'll find us giddy over power tools (him), cupcakes (me), flea markets and spray paint (both!) - and over sharing snaps of our fuzzy, slobbery four-legged kids. Our two worlds, well, they've certainly collided.
Now, I spend my days creating your unique portraits from our Chicago home studio. It's incredible, really, how things can fall into place. And as the proud parents of two spoiled cats and two pampered pups, we feel honored and lucky to live what we love. We want to meet your pets, because we totally get it.
Our four kiddos - Maddie, Libby, Jack and CC - picked us. Each one lived a former life in a shelter, and they all have a story to tell. (Oh, wouldn't we love to know?) They've easily taken over our hearts, and now, we're reaching out for them. For every sale in The Pet Shop, a portion of our net proceeds are happily given back to our loyal companions by way of nonprofit animal rescues. See who we're currently working with on our partners page.
What began as the offbeat gift giving solution for the animal lovers in our lives has evolved into creating one-of-a-kind portraits for all - while treating our wet nosed buddies along the way. Our goal is easy: we want to bring you joy, and we want you to have personal, cheerful art into your home to do just that.