Since 1989, Zeppa Studios has been creating unique animal themed giftware and accessories featuring original artwork by studio founder, M. K. Zeppa.
M. K., (short for Melissa Kaye) a dog and horse fancier since birth, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Wellesley College and holds an MFA from Pratt Institute. Starting Zeppa Studios was the perfect way to blend animals, art and a career.
Melissa painst or otherwise create severy design her Studio offers, and has been doing so since 1989. Melissa has painted on everything from jean jackets to cowboy boots to ceramic tile murals, and still paints every ceramic piece that leaves the studio. But hand painted functional works of art are time consuming to produce and pretty expensive. So back in 2001 or so, she developed a line of digitally decorated items that feature reproductions of her paintings on note cards, beverage coasters, mugs etc. Because she still produces everything in house, to order, she is able to offer far more design options than "mass market" companies. In other words, you can't find these items everywhere.
When she's not working, M. K. can be found on a horse or training her Labradors, Gator, his son, Snake and NEW arrival, Gator's grandson Hawk (Snake's nephew). Hawk is 8 weeks old in this photo.