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OR call me at: 1-831-325-3905

I have been artistic in one way or another all my life. Growing up in a creative family fueled my desire towards being an artist.

I moved to Santa Cruz, CA from Detroit, MI in 2009, I needed a creative outlet and started volunteering at a local Clay Studio where I created many hand built ceramic vessels and fun sculptures. From there, I stumbled into sewing and started a handbag line under the name Mackerilla Design. After many years of sewing my bag designs, (which I currently still sell sewing patterns of my designs on ETSY and through a few online retailers) I wanted to get back to being an artist and started painting in 2014.

Since I am passionate about animals and volunteer for rescues, painting dogs and cats in acrylic paint on canvas would be my subjects of choice! But I do love to paint all other living creatures as well as a few humans here and there!

My approach is to capture the animal’s essence through the look in their eyes. To show their vulnerability and love for their humans.

I truly love painting and have so many ideas continuously swirling in my head! I feel I am still learning and growing. I am looking forward to my future to see my progression as being an artist.

-Janice Serilla

QUOTE – “Your farm animal paintings will historically be known as your farm animal period just like Picasso had his blue period. There is something captured in your Chickens/Roosters that transcends it out of the feel of the farm, to the stature of Mona Lisa. You give the birds dignity. – James Serilla (my Uncle!)


I started designing and creating Mackerilla brand bags in 2001. lt all began because a former employer was going to toss out a bunch of new fabric “leftovers.” These fabrics would all have ended up in the local landfill.

I then decided to take the upholstery fabrics home and make some use of them. I made a simple backpack for myself to use while out riding on my Cruiser bike. Little did I know at that time that I had just created my first of many, “Cruzer” backpacks (cruzer due to that I live in Santa Cruz) . I then followed up with more design styles, by listening to what women wanted and needed in carrying an every day functional bag. The “Mackerilla” brand name was then created by combining my husbands and my last name together. Mackerilla Design was then born! Now from creating many many Mackerilla bags which I have sold for more than 10 years, to the more recent selling of sewing patterns of my designs to all the DIY crafters out there. But I do still make Mackerilla bags on request. I still have loads of fans who want them!


I also have a strong passion for helping animals. Especially the senior and disabled ones. I have 4 disabled pets and I have fostered a few dogs for a papillon rescue called Paphaven. With this passion I created Gimpy Pets Facebook page and blog/site. I promote the positive light in caring for these special broken one. I also have created dog leashes, collars and harnesses with the statement “I am a Gimpy Pet”. Disabled pets are just as wonderful and loving as a non disabled pet. Be proud of who you are is what my message is with these items. I also donate 10% of all my sales on my pet lines to animals in need.


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  1. Hi Janice, I saw yourcpost about your cat with amputated hind leg on facebook. He is beautiful. I was wondering what kind of cancer he survived and how old he is? I just lost my 17 year old big maine coone cat Simon the love of my life this March. He had a fracture in his hind leg from jumping off a bed and was superpainful. He couldnt move or use his litter box anymore. Our vet told us we could either amputate his hind leg and he would suffer a lot due to his age and size and since he had bone cancer he probably only had 6 more months to live. So he strongly advised to put him to sleep which we did with a very heavy heart. He was my love and baby and I miss him terribly and am still windering if we made the right decision. How is your kitty doing? I know he is only 8…. happy for you he is doing great. Just wanted to ask hope you dont mind. Thank you

    1. Hi Stephanie, I am so sorry this happened to your cat. Its so heartbreaking when our furkids get sick.
      Our cat is now guessing 17 years old. Harper has a vaccine accociated sarcoma. So VAS as they call it. I noticed a tiny hard lump on his back leg and my vet did a biopsy which confirmed it. We opted for amputation due that the margins were not clear. Was a rough few months post surgery, but well worth it since it saved his life.

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