I have been an artist all my life. I use 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. Did quite a few over the years but then when I moved to Santa Cruz from the Detroit area in 09, I started working with clay. I began creating hand built pieces and tiles. From there, I stumbled onto the world of sewing and became very crafty!Eventually I started Mackerilla Design back 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 and 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 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! Having fun with it and looking forward to where this will take me! I can’t wait to buy a giant canvas to do something huge!!! -Janice Serilla