I took the leap to completely change careers in 2016. I quit my day job and enrolled as a full-time art student at my local community college. I gave myself twelve months to really hit the ground hard – building up a foundation of solid art fundamentals. I’ve taken art history courses, figure drawing, figure painting, oil painting, drawing, and printmaking (just to name a few). And after a year I finally felt confident enough to share my artwork with the internet.

Most often, I draw on toned paper because I find that the color of the paper can really add to the feel and mood of the portrait. For colored pencil portraits I have 10 beautiful colors to choose from and a black option for pets that have coats that are 70% or more black. It takes anywhere from 1-2 weeks to complete a drawing, but I will never ship a portrait until my client is completely satisfied with the final product. I have nearly a hundred sales though my online Etsy store and breaking through this milestone in 2019 will be an amazing accomplishment.

Making art was something that I loved throughout my childhood. Finally pursing an art career is both scary and extremely rewarding. I’ve created custom portraits for people all across the US and I’ve even shipped drawings internationally! I enjoy sharing what I do with others and I hope you will join me in this new chapter of my life.

-Lauren