Coopers Creatives

My name is Tracy Giteles. I live in Charlotte, NC and work as a UI Designer on a marketing team for a large FinTech company. I’m fortunate in that I truly love my job. For the better part of the last decade, I’ve worked in the marketing industry; web development, SEO, SEM, visual design and UI/UX.

Since I was a child I’ve loved art. My grandfather was an amazing artist. I remember vividly sitting with him while he taught me how to properly hold the brush and showed me how to make different paint strokes. For birthdays and Christmas “art supplies” were generally the only thing on the list.

I also have a life-long love for all animals, especially dogs. We always had a family dog in my home growing up. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to love and appreciate dogs even more than I did as a child.

While my career fully satisfies my love for design and need for a mental challenge. In the back of my mind over the last few years, I found I was missing expressing myself creatively, without limits. I missed actually holding a paintbrush or pencil and getting messy. Life kept getting in the way through.

This past summer, my Goldendoodle Cooper passed very quickly and unexpectedly this past July 6, 2018. Although, I don’t think you can ever be ready for a loss or heartbreak I hadn’t even begun to prepare for it.

Cooper and I were together from the time he was 8 weeks old up until his last breath 11 years later. To tell you about all of the life we experienced together and all of the amazing qualities he possessed would require I write a novel.

The last several months have been tough. Cooper was always by my side. He came to work with me, he went to friends houses with me. Most of the time if I went he went. No longer having him around feels as if part of me is missing.

In order to distract myself, I started to spend time focusing on my own, personal art again. I’d begun to see all of the pet pop-art popping up across the internet and thought, “I can do that too!”. A combination of my two favorite things; art & dogs. How perfect! Then I realized it’s also a great way to keep Cooper’s memory alive, by dedicating and naming the website after him. Once I had the idea and made my first few trial pieces, I was ready to go! I’m doing something that I love in memory of my best friend.

I’ve spent the last month and a half or so working evenings and weekends to get this website up and running. I say working, but it never felt like work or something I “had” to do. I was and am happy to pass up late nights and dinners out to work on this project. So here we are!

Life can be overwhelming, stressful and at times painful. My hope is that I can create a piece of art that will add a little beauty to your world. A piece of art whether it’s a painting of your dog, cat or anything else, I hope that it will bring a smile to your face and make you, even if only for a moment each day feel happy.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you!

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