It all started with that portrait of his daughters and before he knew it artist Michael Malizia was flooded with requests from friends and collectors to create custom, personalized artworks for them. From beloved pet portraits to gifts for grandma, Malizia fell in love with the process of sharing ideas and stories with clients and transforming their beloved keepsakes into treasured heirlooms. One fine art piece synthesized their entire story.

My wife saves everything. Every single drawing, every single ticket stub, every single artifact that relates to our girls and all our adventures. I found myself standing in front of five overflowing boxes filled with STUFF, and it was at that moment that I realized: these are the raw materials I need to use to tell their story.