I’m excited to tell you about a wonderful company called “Danger Dogs.” Your pet can be immortalized in a personalized painting. Founder Michelle Page heads to Kathmandu three to four times a year and hires three Nepali artists to paint portraits of your beloved pet. Then you get to choose which painting you love the best. The artists are grateful for the work and in return, she brings a one of a kind portrait to a happy pet owner from across the world.
See image: by Palden LhasaApso Indra
It’s a perfect gift for an animal lover. It’s also easy to surprise a loved one, since all you need to do is send a photo of his or her favorite pet. Then you or your loved one will have the chance to choose the favorite. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out. Portraits for all types of animals can be created!
See image: Black Bunny Rabbit by Megh Raj
I have ordered two for myself of my kitties and just love them. Michelle is a friend and a wonderful woman, so I can personally vouch for her integrity.
Here is some more info about Michelle Page from her site “Danger Dogs.”
“DANGER DOGS – Folk Art from the Himalayas” is the creation of Michelle Page of Santa Monica, who became intrigued by hand-painted metal “Beware of Dog” signs adorning gates in Nepal. She decided to promote a fair trade art project featuring these charming paintings and save a dying art form.
See image: Dachshund by Sufraj
After 25 years in the film business as an assistant film editor on such movies as Sam Ramie’s Spider-Man trilogy and Bob Altman’s ‘The Player,’ Michelle opened her business in 2007 after noticing inexpensive digitized computer-generated graphics were beginning to replace hand-painted signs. She feared the art and expertise the artists employ would soon be lost to modern technology.
Through her efforts, Michelle is effectively saving their livelihoods, one “Danger Dog” at a time to the delight of pet-lovers everywhere.
The signs are also available for purchase in art galleries in Los Angeles, the Craft and Folk Art Museum shop in Los Angeles, and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. They are also available at shops in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Texas, Cambridge and Manhattan. See the Dogs Live!
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal! http://nepaldog.com/
Contact Michelle for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org