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.