The spaces in which we live, work, and play are deeply personal and filled with unique and cherished memories…
Our spaces are part of our history and are filled with rich experiences of light, sound, weather, and memories of moments shared and people loved. Experiencing these places recreated in a painting not only captures a moment in time, it brings back a flood of associated feelings.
Perhaps a life event has brought back a meaningful memory – a home, a room, a place that is dear to you or that no longer exists. Or, you have come across a family story that you wish to honour and celebrate.
I can help you capture these stories in a hand-crafted custom painting.
My hope is that you will look at your painting and feel a sense of peace and wholeness. It is a way of honouring your story and bringing it with you. Your memories are unique to you and tell the story of your place in this world. They should be cherished, shared, and passed along.
How it works
The first step is sharing your story with me, however you are comfortable. This can be through a one-on-one call, in-person, or by email. You can include pictures, snippets of memories, associated thoughts, moods – even weather. Thinking about these things helps you to reflect on a memory, place, or part of your history that is deeply important to you. It helps you – and me – to recreate the atmosphere of your story.
I will organize your pictures, comments, and notes and research any missing pieces, if needed.
We will look together at some preliminary sketches and colour studies. We can discuss them to determine the best direction for your finished piece.
The next step is for me to create an immersive, custom painting that is a beautiful testament to that place and story. The original painting and a high resolution digital scan are yours to keep.
Display your painting to carry this experience with you as you move forward. Time passes – it’s a wonderful feeling to acknowledge and celebrate each phase.
Custom House Portrait A house or location portrait based on a specific photo This is the perfect option if you have a specific photo of a place, landscape, or building you’d like made into a custom painting. I’m happy to change the season or weather, or make small additions/removals from the scene, as you wish. $325
Custom Painted Scene A painting created from stories and photos This is perfect if you have a subject in mind, but need to research or imagine missing pieces and combine various elements into a scene. Sometimes there are no photographs – for example of an historic building or place. I can work with you to capture your story in a custom painting. $575
The first time I saw the painting, I cried because part of my youth was captured in the artwork. I had a flood full of memories, it was as if I was rewinding time that had slipped away. Every time I look at it I can picture myself living and working there with my parents. I cherish it very much. Thank you. – Maria, Musca
You are creating both meaningful and cherished pieces of artwork that not only bring comfort and conjure up warm memories, but also an opportunity for one to grieve and hopefully mourn a personal loss… No question, you are making a difference. – Mary, three custom paintings of a family home
Memories of Musca Fruit Store, Ottawa. Watercolour.
Memories of a childhood home – Anita. Pen and watercolour on paper.
Memories of a garden – Marie-Ève. Mixed media on paper.
Pale Mint: Montreal house on a rainy day. Watercolour.
Childhood cottage portrait, Capt’n Hooks. Pen & Watercolour on paper.
Ottawa Basilica in winter frost. Gouache.
A Montreal triplex at night, Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal. Gouache.
Evergreens under fresh snow, Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal. Gouache.
Park La Fontaine in early spring, after the rain. Gouache.
Gold & Silver. Memory of a walk in La Fontaine Park, Montreal. Gouache.
Farfelu. Store window seen on a summer evening walk. Gouache.
Nonna’s house. Pen & Watercolour house portrait on paper.
A Walk in the Park. Portrait of Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto. Watercolour.
Plateau street in early spring. Gouache.
Portrait of the houses across the street at dusk, Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal. Gouache.
Sunset by the beach, Cape Cod. Gouache painting (study).
A lighthouse seen on a foggy grey day. Pencil.
Family home portrait – Ann. Pen, watercolour, and gouache on paper.
Portrait of a family cottage. Pen and watercolour on paper.