paws2paint

A bit about the artist

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Michelle Martinecz (currently loving life in Sydney's Northern Beaches)
Graphic designer, illustrator and animal lover (especially dogs)


I remember as a junior designer learning the ropes in advertising, from intricate cut and paste work with a scalpel and spray adhesive, and freehand illustrated mockups for client presentations to using a bromide camera. Nowadays all that can be achieved with a computer, no need to leave your desk really. 


Though I love my mac for design work, I still need an organic artistic outlet and to have real colour on a tactile brush in hand, not just represented as pixels on a screen. It just makes perfect sense to blend my design skills and passion for painting and illustration with my love of animals. The brightest lights in my life are three rescue dogs who are also my muses. Shown from left is Danny, who is very shy and ridiculously adorable, Pippy who is the carer of the group but relentless with a ball and Tilly who is very smart but has a nervous disposition. They make me a better human and allow me to pause and live in the moment. No pun intended but that is how I came up with paws2paint.


My image shown, is a selfie taken during one of my favourite gallery experiences, walking through Pipilotti Rist's Pixelforest Mutterplatte at MCA (Nov 2017).  

Pet loves

Finding magic in the mundane and exploring scenic walks with my dogs leash free.

Pet hates

Small minded and cruel people.