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Accidental painter: 'Something switched & I was completely addicted'

West Madison woman comes into career by mistake

News 3 Traveler: Pet Portrait Artist

MADISON, Wis. - A west Madison woman had earned her degree in psychology and had several career starts and sputters before a misguided gift put her on the painting path.

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Adriana Willsie said her then-boyfriend gave her a paint set for Christmas five years ago, explaining to her that she could get back into the art form.

But Willsie said she had never picked up a brush before, and she's not sure where he got the idea. A couple weeks later she did pick up the gifted brush and 7 hours later, she'd painted a picture of her boyfriend, who's now her husband.

Years later, Willsie now paints for a living, and her subjects are most often people's beloved critter companions: Painting pet portraits.

For more information about Willsie's art, visit adrianawillsie.com.


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