Artist Statement


So I am NOT doing Open Studios 2022. I have been very busy working on artwork that I was commissioned to create for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter located at 1001 Rodriguez St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Open 7 days a week (closed for holidays) Hours 10am to 6pm.

You may go to the shelter at your convenience and view the murals and all the artwork I created in their new addition! Please pop by and check it out! Also check out all the cutie pie animals that are up for adoption there!


About the Artist.

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, (which I currently still sell sewing patterns of my designs on ETSY and through a few online retailers) I wanted to get back to being an artist and started painting in 2014.

Since I am passionate about animals and volunteer for rescues, painting dogs and cats in acrylic paint on canvas would be my subjects of choice! But I do love to paint all other living creatures as well as a few humans here and there!

My approach is to capture the animal’s essence through the look in their eyes. To show their vulnerability and love for their humans.

I truly love painting and have so many ideas continuously swirling in my head! I feel I am still learning and growing. I am looking forward to my future to see my progression as being an artist.

-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!)


Art prints

Art on products

Art on clothing, pillows and totes

Art on bags, Face Masks, Framed Prints and more!

Art T shirts


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