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Meet Michael Lyngstad of Collars on Canvas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Lyngstad.

Michael, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
At an early age, I was always captivated by wildlife. Starting with my first family dog Bonita, to taking care of bearded dragons and other reptiles at the age of nine, all the way into adulthood. I always wanted to care for and learn about animals of all kinds.

 My affinity for art began to develop in early high school years, I would sketch all over my schoolwork in class. In college, I started a Biology degree following my interest for animals, but slowly shifted focus after reigniting my love for art during a semester if art class. I then progressed from crude pencil sketching to the world of color painting. I started painting pets in 2014 in pastel chalk and moved on to acrylic portraits after a year. The bold and bright acrylic colors made for an ideal medium for the style of art I wanted to do. Fast forward a few years of painting friends pets of all kinds, and focusing on developing my craft, I decided to start a business.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a long journey of lessons learned and understanding. In addition to always trying to better myself as an artist, there was the business side of selling art that I had a lot to learn about. I started out by building my own website so I could develop my businesses image and be fully knowledgeable about everything I was getting into. I strive to always grow as an artist as well as an entrepreneur and learn from any mistakes I may make along the way.

Please tell us about your art.
I began my company, Collars on Canvas, to provide colorful, contemporary style paintings featuring pets of all kinds. My medium of choice is Acrylic paint, from which I currently offer two styles, traditional and pop art. My traditional paintings are the more realistic of the choices, expressing all the details in the fur, to the shine on a pup’s nose.

Mixing my own colors allows me to match fur color accurately, and have a beautiful range of shades in my painting. My pop art style is not like most, with pets being featured on a round canvas, a style not many offer. The pets are painted with a simplistic pop art feel and still fairly realistic color schemes. The customer is able to pick the size, style, and background color of the portrait. From a vibrant red to a subtle teal, there’s plenty of choices to make just ordering the portrait quite fun in itself.

I give 10% of all sales on portraits to rescues in Phoenix area

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Every mistake I have made has taught me not only a better way to handle situations but a valuable perspective on my business and art that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t make them. I wouldn’t change anything if I had the chance because it has grown into everything I know today.

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