Meet the Artists

Bren Taylor

Having raised Salukis in Tahoe, sighthounds have a special place in Bren's heart. With her activism spirit and passion for all animals, she created Coolio Design, named after her huge black lab Coolio. Online stores coming soon!

Bren also designs the GALT-CT newsletter.

 

John-Francis Polakovic

John-Francis is the Art and Creative Director for Universal Printing located in Durham (RTP), North Carolina, but manages his staff and works remotely from Pflugerville, TX. JF was originally an instructor in French but couldn’t make a decent living at it, so he went into graphic design instead. 25 years later he’s still in the design business and continues to enjoy its many creative outlets.

John-Francis and his husband, Karl, have adopted six greyhounds and six cats over the years and are proud to support GALT-CT as well as the Greyhound Wellness Program at The Ohio State University. They live in Pflugerville, Texas with their two greyhounds, Mona and Barley and two cats, Scarlet and Gray.

Richard Deck

Rich got his start in graphic design working for 602 Design in Phoenix, AZ. He cut his teeth on clients like Cold Stone Creamery, Canterra Homes, and White Lion Teas. Currently he works on an industrial design team as a project manager at Dell. Although removed from a directly creative career, Richard still enjoys designing for himself and his friends.

He was introduced to the idea of adopting greyhounds through two friends who had rescued a couple themselves. His love of greyhounds came in the form of a red fawn named "Handsome Jack". Handsome is a mischievous greyhound to which no cage or crate can hold. When not chasing the fastest dogs at the dog park, Handsome is the stereotypical gentle and calm greyhound, laying claim to every couch and cushion that can be found.

 

Suzie Collins

As a child, Suzie always dreamt of becoming an artist. She could always be found sketching or painting, loved art classes in school and eventually graduated from Kent State University's School of Art. Her artistic career led her to found her own studio in 2005, Skinny Hound Designs. Since then almost 90% of her art revolves around retired racing greyhounds, from product design to logos and marketing material for adoption groups. 

Suzie also volunteers her time for The Greyhound Health Initiative where she designed their logo and helps with other advertising projects. Suzie lives with her husband, Brian, and their greyhound, "Zin" and Galgo, “Miguel.” Her husband is also heavily involved with greyhounds as he is the Executive Director of The Greyhound Health Initiative. 

Suzie and her husband have adopted 7 greyhounds since 2002. They used to foster greyhounds for several years too. I think it is safe to say that greyhounds may be a passion in their lives!

UT McCombs School of Business MIS 374

MIS 374 is a course for Management Information Systems majors where students gain real-world experience by working on a pro-bono development project for an actual business or non-profit. We were fortunate to be chosen as a client to develop our online store, from conception to user manual documentation. 

Many thanks to Professor Tuttle and the 'Longhorn Consultants' student team who collaborated with us to create the online store you see today!