Someone recently said to me, "I suppose all artists who are making a living at it have to do some portraits." I think the comment was more about themselves than an understanding certainly that true artists paint what they love, and that can include many things. From an early age, drawing and painting children, pets and especially horses, brought me joy, first the challenge of capturing the image, but more than that making the personality of the individual subjects shine through. After I started doing commissioned portraits for others my joy became seeing the eyes of the person who commissioned me when they saw their painting for the first time. Bringing joy to others brings me joy ~ and that's why I paint portraits in addition to the many other subjects I paint!
Not all of my subjects are living when I paint them. In fact early on, about half of my commissioned portraits were of mothers, fathers, children and pets who had passed on without a really good image of them to put on the wall. I consider it a gift that when I paint from old photographs, my clients have told me they didn't know how I did it but the painting was more like the subject than any of the photos they gave me. So show me your old photos and I'll first tell you whether I can use them, and if so, I'll do my best to capture them on canvas or paper for you to hang on your wall.
Two of my most recent portraits are immediately below, followed by children's portraits, then animals:
"Every child begins the world again." ~ Henry David Thoreau
A few examples of Ellen's animal portraits "We asked Ellen to paint a picture of our three dogs with our backyard setting. It came out so lifelike that it looks like a photograph. Only better, because she captured their three separate personalities. We couldn't be happier. I highly recommend anyone who is thinking of getting a portrait or any other painting done to get in touch with Ellen. She is amazing!" ~ R. Raab
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