Carla Gebhard

A bit about me...

Hello, I’m Carla, I do all the painting, packing and posting (and all the other fiddley jobs) for all your lovely orders.

I’m an animal and nature lover and dream of living on a barge one day, sailing up and down the canals selling my wares… but for now I live in Lancashire with my Mum and Dad in the converted garage, looking out on to our little garden full of the local wildlife, which is mainly birds and the occasional cat until Stanley (the family Boxer dog) chases it off. I also own a lovely horse called Nikita, I use to compete her all over England, but she had to retire due to poorly legs. She’s now a lady of leisure and lives just around the corner so I can visit her 2-3 times a day in between painting.

What do I do? 

I specialise in custom paintings, prints and personalised greetings cards. I take extra care to make everything lovely and kind to the earth and try to only use vegan and eco-friendly products. I’ve also started to work with other small businesses to create artwork for their branding and product packaging which is something I’m really enjoying and would love to collaborate with other like-minded businesses in the future.

How & why I started?

It all started after losing our family Boxer dog Melissa, I struggled with the loss and found painting pictures of her helped me to cope. Eventually I was persuaded to share them on Facebook and I started to get orders for pet portraits. Then in 2016 I had to have brain surgery to prevent an already worsening brain condition, (Chiari Malformation Syringomyelia) from getting pretty serious. Luckily the surgery was successful, but my original plan of using my degree in fashion design and textiles went out of the window, so I decided to make my hobby into a business that would work around my health conditions and put a positive spin on it all. At the beginning of 2018 I became an Official Prince’s Trust Supported Business and I’m super excited to take my little business to the next level.