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The House of Six Cats evolution started on my 16th birthday, when I received my first SLR camera, a Minolta X700. I quickly discovered my passion for photography and that I was actually good at it! Shortly after this I graduated High School and got a job in the City at a professional photo lab. (When I say the City, I mean New York City. I was born and raised about thirty minutes north of NYC, in Westchester County New York) Once I realized that the photo lab industry was not the way to get into a real photo career, I was already mired in the lab industry.
Long story short, I spent fifteen years in the labs, and then I burnt out, and I didn’t touch a camera for a decade. During this time however, I moved cross country to San Francisco and the Bay Area, then up to Portland. Spent ten years on the West Coast and then moved back to New York with the woman that would eventually become my wife.
My creative re-birth…

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  • Born on February 24
  • Joined June 24, 2007

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film, digital, photoshop, camera, ceramic, ttv, tile, photography, night lights, coasters, jewelry

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The House of Six Cats evolution started on my 16th birthday, when I received my first SLR camera, a Minolta X700. I quickly discovered my passion for photography and that I was actually good at it! Shortly after this I graduated High School and got a job in the City at a professional photo lab. (When I say the City, I mean New York City. I was born and raised about thirty minutes north of NYC, in Westchester County New York) Once I realized that the photo lab industry was not the way to get into a real photo career, I was already mired in the lab industry.
Long story short, I spent fifteen years in the labs, and then I burnt out, and I didn’t touch a camera for a decade. During this time however, I moved cross country to San Francisco and the Bay Area, then up to Portland. Spent ten years on the West Coast and then moved back to New York with the woman that would eventually become my wife.
My creative re-birth came on April 23, 2007, when our daughter, Cyan, was born. I needed to get a good camera in order to take high quality images of our beautiful little girl. Once I got the camera back in my hands and started shooting, my love for the art of photography came flooding back!
This was soon followed by opening my Etsy shop in hopes to get my work seen and to maybe even make some extra money too. In case you are wondering about the companies name, the story is a pretty simple one. I wanted a unique name that would stick in people's minds; we had six cats at the time, so it was kind of serendipitous.
We moved back to Portland a year, and I started vending at local street fairs and craft events in March of 2009. These events gave me valuable, one on one, feedback from the general public. This, in turn, lead to my light bulb moment; people do appreciate my art, but they are much more likely to actually make a purchase if the art also serves a purpose. This caused me to shift focus and start to refine my products and experimenting with new product ideas.
At the time I am writing this bio, March of 2013, House of Six Cats has made a real name for itself here in Portland. We have three strong product lines, coasters, night lights and flasks. These products are in over a dozen independently owned boutiques across Oregon, as well as two major Oregon chain stores; Made in Oregon and New Seasons Markets. My art and products were requested by the Independent Film Channel for the second season of their Portland based show, Portlandia. I am also currently working on a re-design of the night lights, and few new product lines for this year.
I am proud to say I am House of Six Cats, and I make beautiful, functional art, that will fit any style and budget.

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