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LAUREN E. WITSIEPE

B.A. Nutritional Sciences

Why, hello there! I'm Lauren, aka Lulu. Despite going to Penn State University for Nutritional Sciences, today I'm a pet portrait and wildlife Painter, Muralist, and YouTuber.

Since I was a child I always wanted to be an artist, but also a farmer! Now I guess I've combined those two passions together into one.

Ok, to be completely honest, I came from a family that greatly emphasized science and engineering. To please them I studied Nutritional Sciences until it was time to start applying to graduate schools.

After realizing I really didn’t want a job in Nutrition, I fell into deep depression. For years I lived in fear of failure, carrying heavy shame and guilt, jumping from job to job. I was petrified of pursuing my creative passion because I didn’t feel qualified nor worthy. I turned to an addiction that led me deeper and deeper into depression and anxiety.

After six long years, I finally gave my addiction to Christ in 2015, right before I met my husband Adam. My body and mind began to heal, so much so that I picked up a paint brush again. A year later I took that leap of faith to finally follow my artistic calling.

Today, my relationship with Christ and my deep love for animals is what inspires my colorful, positive, and semi-realistic art. My goal is to help those in the fight against anxiety, depression, and addiction using animal art therapy.

 
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Chewy.com Partner

I’m happy to announce that as of January 2019, I’m now a partner of Chewy.com. My role as a partner is to create quality pet portraits every week for customers of Chewy.com. An absolute dream come true.

 
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Local Murals

Another passion of mine is to paint murals. Thus far I’ve completed a handful of indoor and outdoor murals within McHenry County, Illinois. All created using high quality acrylic paint.

Click Local Murals to view Lauren’s work.

Photography by Mowgli Studios.