Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Olivia and Craig — January 17, 2022

Olivia and Craig

~ 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!

Maddy and Madam — December 31, 2021

Maddy and Madam

~ Maddy and Madam ~

At the start of 2021, Maddy made the decision to pursue her passion. Not only this, but after moving in with her grandparents, she discovered a love for animals, especially that of their Jack Russell doggo, Madam. 

Growing up, Maddy was unsure about animals and was afraid of dogs. Then, in 2021, she moved in with her grandparents and their dog, Madam. She met Madam when she was only a pup almost six years ago, and now, they are closer than ever. 

Being around Madam has helped Maddy immensely. After returning home from a long day, Madam always excitedly greets her. Being met by a bubbly pup always brightens her day. They work off of each other’s energy, bringing out the best in one another.

No matter what, Madam can always make Maddy smile. If she’s been having a challenging day or is feeling upset, Madam is right there for her. They love having cuddles together and just being in each other’s company. Not only this, Madam has a big personality for a small dog! From her playing to running around, she never fails to brighten Maddy’s day. 

Because of the bond that Maddy and Madam have formed, she has been inspired to pursue art and even create pet portraits. Art has always been one of Maddy’s biggest passions. Whenever she is working on something, it gives her a sense of empowerment in being able to be vulnerable and explore. All of Maddy’s heart goes into each and every one of her pieces. 

Maddy has always loved creating conceptual artworks that worked with feminist and body-positive themes. As her artistic journey progressed, she has now started creating pet portraits. Having Madam helped her realise how much a furry friend can mean. Not only this, but she began getting requests for portraits of people’s pets, whether for themselves or as a gift. 

Having art as a way of expression means a lot to Maddy. Being able to work on something in her own time and that she has freedom to do what she wants. As well as this, this has allowed Maddy to be proud of herself and her work in doing something that she is incredibly passionate about. She knows that this is the path for her and that’s what keeps her motivated in pursuing her art. 

The bond that Maddy and Madam have is truly special. They bring out the best in each other and share so much love. Not only this, but the happiness that creating art has also had a huge impact on Maddy. If you want to check out her art, or buy a commissioned piece or pet portrait, check out her pages now!