At the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival (2019)

I took the leap to completely change careers in 2016. I quit my day job and enrolled as a full-time art student at Santa Barbara City 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.

I switched from working with colored pencils to pastels in 2019 and haven’t looked back. Pastels are the perfect art material to draw the coats of dogs and cats. I offer standard background colors in blue, brown, green, purple, and gray, but I can work with you on a custom color to match your pet or compliment your existing home décor. 

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 create all portraits by hand and ship them from my home studio in San Jose, California.

Making art was something that I loved throughout my childhood. Finally pursing an art career has been an exciting and rewarding journey. To date, I’ve created over a hundred 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 Chan