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73 SLOcal Cow

Cattaneo Brothers Beef Jerky & Sausage Co.
769 Caudill St. San Luis Obispo CA, 93401

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About the Artist

Carla Cary & Christine Curtis

Tell us about yourselves:

Carla Cary: My name is Carla Cary, I was born in Timisoara, Romania and lived there with my family until the age of 5 when we moved to Paso Robles, California where I lived with my mom, dad, beloved lab Vader and 3 cats. Since my mom is Romanian and my dad American I grew up in a mixed household of different culture traditions and hobbies. I think this helped shape who I am today by giving me a very open mind to different cultures and life outlooks. Growing up we frequently traveled all over the Americas and Europe especially when visiting my moms family in Romania. I picked up art at a very young age with my mom having an art and design major and always drawing, sewing or making something with her hands, and both her and my dad, being very appreciative of art, constantly remind me on the value that an original work of art has. In first grade I entered my first art competition at my school and won 3rd place among the rest of the top contestants who were 7th and 8th graders, shortly following this I illustrated a book which my friend had written and my teacher saw potential in which was later published by a local artist. This was really what started the ball rolling with my art and my parents and teachers encouraged me to start making art to sell.

My first painting done in acrylic was a painting of two of our cats painted on my moms cutting board because I didn’t have any canvas! At this time my  mom decided to invest in a bunch of canvases and paints so I could start pursuing my passion. In the following years from age 8-13 I had shown my art at numerous galleries and places throughout the central coast such as the Paso Robles library, Vina Robles, Chronic Cellars, Linnea’s, several small shops in Atascadero and Paso as well as art events and shows like Art at the Pavillion in Paso Robles. Once I started high school however, I became more wrapped up in academics and sports leaving me little time to paint. However, I still drew constantly and start experimenting with colored pencils and art markers. Now, I am a third year at Cal Poly majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and hopefully a minor in integrated marketing communications! I work as a wedding planner and for the Mercantile in downtown Slo where I can really use my artistic abilities in my work. I love to stay busy with my sorority; Alpha Gamma Delta, with my precious dog, Bentley or with any other outdoor activity fro surfing, hiking, camping, spending time with friends and everything in between.

Christine Curtis: Hi there! My name is Christine Curtis and I am a senior at Cal Poly majoring in Agribusiness and minoring in Ag Communications. I am the type of person who is into a little bit of everything but the things that make my heart smile are agriculture, community, positive thinking, and creative works.


I grew up on the Central Coast, barefoot and on a small family ranch. From a small girl I was taught western lifestyle values and ever since I have been passionate about agriculture and feeding the world. I have always believed that agriculture is lacking in creative works so I am pursuing my degree in agriculture in hopes that one day I can bring a creative flair into the industry. I want to help promote the true, positive facts about agriculture so that the general public can be properly educated instead of fighting the agriculture community. I believe in innovation, sustainability, and environmental friendly practices.

As well as growing up on the ranch, I have always been obsessed with creative works. In my free time I paint, draw, sketch, design, and craft jewelry. I specialize in typography and graphic design as well as acrylic painting. I manage a shop downtown SLO that lets me do just that. From marketing, painting, and being a spokesperson for agriculture, I love my job and feel very blessed to have this particular job opportunity while I go to school.


Tell us about your design!

My partner, Carla Cary and I designed this cow in hopes to collectively display all the local treasures in SLO County. From the gorgeous agricultural vineyards in Paso Robles to the small town feel of downtown SLO, we hope to capture the beauty of all the local places in SLO.

We want to inspire viewers to “Find love in all the local places” and explore all of our county’s treasures.

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