Hey! I'm Chantal.
I like to paint. Like, a lot. I also like to hang out on my computer and talk to people via email and Facebook. Sometimes I like to hang out with them in real life too. I live in Austin Texas with the world's best family. When I'm not painting, I'm a Girl Scout leader and am in training for the True Crime Trivia Olympics (it should be a thing, y'all).
What About the Company?
Oh right, the business. Chantal Claire Collections launched shortly after I married my husband in 2006 and posted my DIY invitations online. Some brides-to-be loved what I had done and offered to pay me for similar invitations, and when I was downsized from my day job I decided to pursue invitation design full time. I haven't looked back since!
Ah, look at that. We were such babies then. Speaking of babies, I had two, and hit pause on Chantal Claire (the business, not the person - my personality did not fracture. I don't think...) I was just about to relaunch when we decided to move from Toronto, Ontario to the States, so I had to wait. And wait... the greencard process is long, people! I spent the time painting and trying out new techniques. I also became known for painting dog portraits in my new 'hood.
Pop art is my first great design love.
I am channeling my inner Warhol with this portrait of my neighbor's dog. Look at those sweet eyes!
And now I'm back! I have branched out with the business, offering wedding invitations as well as art prints, notecards and even earrings featuring my artwork. My kids have been watching, too, and at a recent camp fair my daughter jumped at the opportunity to go to a camp for young entrepreneurs. As a kid who never really felt like she fit in growing up, I am really happy there are programs like this out there now - and I'm also really proud to show my kids that there are ways to follow your passion and still earn a living.
As a mom, it's important to show my kids they can accomplish anything. My daughter is nine and just launched her own line of art prints through a children's program... so she could be just like Mom.
My kids are also involved in my business to an extent. I like to let them name many of my paintings and invitations, so they feel involved. And I have found that quite often their ideas are better than mine! They are seven and nine, so there is only so much they can "help" me with right now... lol.
I have always loved creating. If you like my style but don't see anything in the color scheme that works for you, please let me know. I accept commissions!