I have been painting for 30 years. I am self taught in every phase of my craft. I started stenciling game boards and selling them in a popular consignment shop. I was then asked to make game boards to match the wallpaper for a room to be made over for the Decorators Show House in Indianapolis. That was quite an honor. I so enjoyed stenciling, I started redoing every room in the house, stenciling the walls, instead of using wallpaper. I also stenciled several rooms for friends and family. I then got the bug to venture out to free paint. The rest is history. I have been painting anything that strikes my fancy within the confines of folk art. This passion allowed me to work from home and still be around for my husband and children when needed. For years, I sold to Country Gift Shops all over the country through wholesale shows.
My other passion is my love and devotion for my four legged children. We’ve had Golden Retrievers for as long as I can remember, training and titling in almost every venue. I volunteered a couple of years ago to make the awards for our WRGRC specialty. We decided on birdhouses with a Golden Retriever Theme painted on them. To say they were very popular is an understatement.
Throughout all these years, my husband Steve has been my partner, spending many hours in the garage, designing and constructing my latest idea. I truly would never have been successful without his love and support. Our greatest claim to fame is the birdhouses that we donated to the 2006 GRCA National Specialty silent auctions. They are also offered on the website. I create everyday, with my two sidekicks, Archie and Zoe snoozing nearby.
I hope you enjoy your visit on my website. Most everything that is offered can be personalized to your kennel name or individual dogs. Don’t hesitate to e-mail with questions or suggestions. I will work with you wherever possible.
Janet Ripley Artist