Jay and Lisa are a couple that loves to create. Jay grew up in Toronto with a passion for entrepreneurship, and product development. Lisa grew up in Detroit with a love for business and the constant need to express herself artistically. Boy met girl in 2009 they quickly became partners in life, love, business and on the dance floor. They believe everyone has an inner artist that needs to be unleashed. They also believe in having a good time while doing what they love, and they do love what they do. Together they raise their two boys and crazy wiener dogs, Indy and Cake.
While decorating their home in the fall of 2013 Jay and Lisa were looking for a statement piece to match their decor and design personality. With a 10 foot space to fill over their fireplace, they began their search for a unique picture to match their style and color palette. An image of Marilyn Monroe in her famous gold lamé dress became their muse. But they were unable to find a creative way to recreate the image without breaking the bank and in the colors of their choosing. (They prefer silver to gold.)
They found inspiration from commercial applications that were expensive and not available to the public. So, they became inventive and together they built what they call "The Marilyn". The outcome was beautiful and awe-inspiring, with many of their friends and family members wanting their own images brought to life. It seemed that everyone had their own idea of what they would want to create for their own home or office, whether it be their dog, their favorite sports team logo or album cover art. Suddenly people that would have no interest in creating art were expressing interest to make one themselves.
But, the crude materials (think many trips to Home Depot), limited colors, necessary work space (goodbye kitchen table!) and manual labor (200+ hours) left much to be desired. Together, Jay and Lisa were determined to find an easy, affordable and fun way for everyone to have their own "Marilyn" to proudly display in their home or business.
So, in 2014 they hired a product design firm to bring their vision to life. They then spent the next 18 months fine-tuning the design to provide their customers with only the highest quality product. During this time, they also worked with the “Great and Powerful OZ” to develop software capable of pixelating any image with their unique color-mapping technology. The result is an unbelievably custom art experience for ages 8 to 80. And, they call it Pix Perfect!