Artist Profile

Welcome to
Robert Karolak Studio

Specializing in High-End Quality Personalized Pet Memorial

Donna & BobI was born in the ghettos of Chicago, Illinois. I lived there for 7 years, before being taken away to a foster home in the western suburbs. Even though it was traumatic, it allowed me to experience a brand new world! With a caring foster father who lived only a year and a half after my arrival, he changed my life! He instilled in me the value and appreciation for all life and the importance of family.

I was involved in boy scouts, camping, local crafts, art, tennis, and other activities! This awakened my interest in the beauty of God’s creation, especially nature and animals. I felt more at home in the outdoors surrounded by this beauty and I never took a day for granted.

Now after 30 years, I am able and blessed to enjoy my dream and passion again.

My wife, Donna, and I had the same yearning and priorities. We both loved animals, nature, and a better quality of life, so we moved to the country near DeKalb and Rockford, Il. We had 5 acres with horses, dogs and cats. We finally felt we were both home, living the life that we both felt comfortable in.

We were both employed in the real estate market and upon losing our jobs, we decided to take a leap and accept positions as directors of an animal sanctuary in southeastern Wyoming.

Still missing my inner artistic talent, I decided about 18 years ago to purchase my ultra high speed carving/engraving tool and etching equipment.  I began to carve/etch many themes on different media: wood, eggs, metal and glass. I have also completed carving/etching classes.

Upon, my 60th birthday, my wife surprised me again and contacted Jose Valencia, an I&E Network Master Engraver, from Arizona and arranged a special 3 day class, one on one, to learn detail wood engraving.

My passion has always been enjoying other people’s stories about their life, journey, achievements, personal events, and their pets.


At Robert Karolak Studio, we personalize special occasions, awards, themes, etc. on most media: wood, glass, metal, and stone.

I would be honored and excited to work with you!

If interested, I will work with you to achieve a personalized piece that you will cherish for years to come!


Please feel free to view my work and select “Contact” if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you for taking your time and visiting my website!  Robert Karolak

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