First Friday Santa Cruz



Janice Serilla

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I have been artistic in one way or another all my life. Growing up in a creative family fueled my desire towards being an artist. I moved to Santa Cruz, CA from Detroit, MI in 1999, I needed a creative outlet and started volunteering at a local Clay Studio where I created many hand built ceramic vessels and fun sculptures. From there, I stumbled into sewing and started a handbag line under the name Mackerilla Design. After many years of sewing my bag designs, I currently sell sewing patterns of my designs on ETSY and through a few online retailers. I have always wanted to get back to being an artist again and thought I would try painting at some point off in the distant future.

Early in 2014, a friend of mine said to me "why wait to paint?!" She was right! Why wait!! So, I dug through my art supplies, found some old brushes and bought some acrylic paints and dusted off an old canvas buried in the garage. I then had to decide what my subject would be. Since I am passionate about animals and volunteer for rescues, dogs would be my first subject! And the first would be of my beloved dog Finn who sadly passed away March of 2018. After my first few dog portraits of practicing painting my pets, I was asked to paint a neighbor's dog. Others showed they're interest in having me paint their pets. Now I get orders from all over the US and abroad! 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 huge canvas to do something gigantic!!! -Janice Serilla

QUOTE ‚ Your farm animal paintings will historically be known as your farm animal period just like Picasso had his blue period. There is something captured in your Chickens/Roosters that transcends it out of the feel of the farm, to the stature of Mona Lisa. You give the birds dignity. James Serilla (my Uncle!)

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