Artist and Owner
Charming and whimsical critters that *hopefully* bring a smile to your face.
When I started making art, I had the thought that it had to be impactful. Hard-hitting, political, and somehow encourage a change or conversation. What I've realized is that people don't need another thing telling them that there is some awful stuff happening in the world; we already know. What people need is something to make them happier, make them lighter and lift their spirits.
When I first started painting my critters it was because I loved animals and God's beautiful creation. It brought me joy to create little critters with personality and (sometimes) a story. I soon found out that other people had just as positive of a reaction to animals. Looking at a favourite animal can bring comfort and recall fond memories of childhood stories or toys. Looking at charming little critter scenes can take people's minds off their worries for a moment or two. If I can bring a smile to someone's face my goal has been accomplished.
The Critter Co (Formerly know as Blossom & SweetPea Critter Co) has been a passion project since 2014 and I hope to be able to continue painting what I love for many years to come.
Rachel Dyck graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art from Trinity Western University in 2012. She started her greeting card business in 2014. In 2016 she decided to go back to school for Graphic design and attended Sir Sandford Fleming College.
Photo Credit: Julia Luymes
I want to acknowledge that I live and work on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg adjacent to Haudenosaunee Territory and in the territory covered by the Williams Treaty. I want to offer my gratitude to the First People's for their care for, and teachings about the earth that I find so much enjoyment in. As a settler, I'm grateful for the opportunity to live and work here and I thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land - for thousands of years.