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Sarah started sarahpaintspets in 2018. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on sarahpaintspets?
No one believes me when I say this, but I had never taken an art class before starting a career as an artist. I’ve always been a doodler in class, but nothing much beyond that.
> Understanding the WHY of what you’re doing is the most important thing. Your purpose will guide you forward because without having to question yourself, you are free from fear and doubt holding you back.
It all started my junior year of college when I decided to paint my boyfriend’s cat for our one-year anniversary in November 2016. The deciding factors were that Charlie is obsessed with his cat Merlin and I was too broke to buy him anything nice.
He loved it, so I posted on my college’s Facebook page offering to paint other people’s pets as Christmas presents for only $10 each! I worked my butt off and did over 100 paintings before Christmas that year.
The orders have not stopped coming since. And painting every day has helped me improve and increase my prices to an average of $150 per painting.
Here is my very first pet portrait: Merlin the orange tabby!