Our Story

We're Paintillio.

Two best friends who took a crazy idea and turned it into a meaningful way for communities to come together to celebrate, create, and collaborate.

It started with a gentle jest about Lyssa’s skill as an artist and how you ‘almost couldn’t see the numbers’ in her paintings (*cue eye roll*).

As an artist would so thoughtfully do, Lyssa went to work on making the world’s best paint-by-numbers of that person so they could eat (paint) their words. She did it by hand - spending hours getting the outline and detail just right. Thing is - it turned out good. Like, really really good.

She did a few more for friends as wedding gifts and what struck her—beyond seeing the stunning finished products—was the the joy, connection and meaningful memories that collaborating on a creative project was generating between guests.

Then, the requests started rolling in for her handmade paint-by-numbers in a wave she—and her right hand—could no longer keep up with. So she turned to Scott; a talented software developer who just happened to be the husband of fellow artist/entrepreneur Jess.

With Scott's talent for turning ideas into programs (and naming businesses, it turns out), Jess's uncanny ability to spot a business concept in bloom, and Lyssa's creative direction, Paintillio was born.

By taking the process digital, we have been able to bring the experience and the joy of coming together to celebrate, create and collaborate to events around the world.

We’ve seen again and again that the beauty of the finished product is only a small portion of each painting’s power.

The connection they generate is palpable.

The calming effect the act of painting has on participants is zen-inducing.

And the sense of contribution and belonging they foster from every hand that goes into a painting is inspiring to say the least.  

 

Meet your paint-by-numbers maestros

Jess Devenport

Co-Founder & Chief Business Director

Fun is the name of Jess’s game.

While her penchant for adventure has led her from her home in Ontario to Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and the rest of the world, her love of travel is met only with her passion for homecomings, and for pushing the boundaries between art and entrepreneurship; an art and skill she put to work to help Paintillio grow.

Jess strongly believes in building meaningful relationships between community, art & self; all in the name of the greater human experience. People and passion drive her to be creative, and a good strong cup of coffee fuels that drive (plus LOL-ing and all the nature, too).

Lyssa Kayra

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Director

Creativity is the name of Lyssa’s game.

Growing up creating magic amongst marine-life on the remote island village of Kyuquot, just off BC’s West Coast, she found and nurtured her passion for nature. Deeply curious with the need to explore in her cells, that passion for nature turned into full-blown wanderlust that she works to keep reined in.

Born to create, Lyssa seeks to continue celebrating life’s many intricacies; a gift that launched the initial concept behind Paintillio. Her love is painting, her passion is beauty, her friends and family are life, and she’s endlessly fuelled and inspired by colour and nature (a hot cup of chai doesn’t hurt either).