~ Olivia and Craig ~
Eight years ago, Olivia Ansell nee Bezett launched her art business. She has created many beautiful pieces, all have been inspired by animals. Since launching her business, she has welcomed Ragdoll kitten, Craig, and mini lop rabbit, Cashew. Both have helped her immensely with her art.
Coming from a family of artists, Olivia started to pursue her art at 17 years old. She found it to be her happy place and something that allowed her to be in the moment. Since then, Olivia has become a full-time artist and has created many beautiful pieces.
While art gave Olivia a lot of joy and calmness, it was often lonely. She had her mini-lop rabbit, Cashew, but often she preferred to hop around outside and kept to herself. So, four years ago, Olivia and her husband decided to adopt a kitten. Due to her allergies, they felt a Ragdoll would be best suited as they don’t have an undercoat.
Soon, Olivia and her husband had heard of a new litter of Ragdoll kittens and quickly organised a visit. Once they arrived, she met with the smallest kitten of the litter. While all the others were running and playing, he was quietly sitting by himself. Olivia and her husband fell in love with the little kitten and knew he was the one. They adopted him and named him Craig.
Having Craig helped Olivia immensely. He keeps her company while she creates her pieces, a companion to brighten her day and a source of unconditional love and happiness. When Olivia is drawing, Craig enjoys watching her from behind the easel, and occasionally swats her pencils away!
While sometimes Craig’s help isn’t always necessary, such as when he does zoomies during stock takes or playing with pencils, he never fails to make Olivia smile. Cashew often helps from afar and lets Olivia and Craig do their thing. They’re great co-workers and both provide Olivia another drawing subject.
Being a full-time artist means the world to Olivia. It is obvious just how much love and time goes into her work, especially commissioned pieces. Every commission has a story behind it, whether for a loved one, a memorial piece, or just of someone’s beloved pet, they all have unique meaning and Olivia loves doing these pieces for people. Sometimes she gets sent videos of people receiving their commissions, these are always very special to Olivia to see the joy her art bring others.
Every morning she wakes up, Olivia feels immensely thankful. Each day she can put pencil to paper and create something that will bring joy to someone. It means the world to her. She often gets to talk to people, both in person and through social media, who love her art. Hearing how much happiness her art brings people makes her feel absolutely ecstatic.
The impact that Craig has had on Olivia has been huge. Having him as her fluffy co-worker has been life-changing. As well as this, waking up every morning to do something she loves is a dream come true for her. If you’re interested in some new art, definitely check out Olivia’s page – Olivia Bezett Artist – now!