Note Cards Made From Painting
Nathalie and Justin
The Corinthian, Houston
Original Painting 18"x18" on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Audrianna and Hunter
Fort Worth Club
Veronica and Scott
Junior League of Houston
Stephanie and George
Dallas Country Club
Carly and Blake
The Adolphus Hotel
Connie and Nick
Union Station, Dallas
Bianca and Richard
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Houston
Emma and Stewart
Adolphus Hotel, Dallas
Maggie and Garrett
Byers and Matt
Dallas Country Club
Mary Grace and Nicholas
Dallas Country Club
Karly and Michael
Ritz Carlton, Dallas
M. Perot's Debutante Ball
Dallas Museum of Art
Sage and Kyle
Four Seasons, Las Colinas
Natalie and Daniel
Austin Country Club
Elyssa and Nick
Blithewold Mansion, RI
Emily and Kane
Sara and Garrett
Houston Country Club
Canon and Tate Sawyer
The Modern, Fort Worth
Alex and Megan
Cohen House, Rice University
Morgan and Walker (detail)
Bayou Club, Houston
Lizzie and Joe
Brookhollow Golf Club, Dallas
Modern Luxury Wedding Event
Marie Gabrielle, Dallas
Elisa Summers Birthday Party (detail)
Live Event Painting
Europeans have been documenting important events with paintings for hundreds of years, including weddings. They call it ‘Wedding Portraiture’ or ‘Painting from Life’. Many European wedding portraits were painted on-site and finished in studios. Art historian, Amanda Severn has collected a handful of beautiful examples of early wedding paintings in Europe, here. Strangely enough, she says that tradition has gone by the wayside in Europe, while in America, ‘Live Event Wedding Painting’ or ‘Live Event Painting’, has exploded.
Today, Americans can choose from a variety of price points, artists and styles, so I recommend finding one that speaks to you. On a practical note, the closer in proximity the artist lives to your event, the lower your travel expenses will be.
I began painting ‘live events’ 10 years ago and have discovered how creating art on-site becomes a shared experience that adds to and enriches an already special celebration. I'm hopeful that Live Event Painting becomes an American tradition and not just a wedding trend as I love the idea of incorporating fine art into our every day lives, similar to Degas and Manet who offered a glimpse into the lives of the average Parisian in the 19th century.
Live Event Painting offers a unique and beautiful way to capture special occasions such as weddings, receptions, birthday parties and corporate events. Having an artist at your event adds an elegance to your soirée that will leave your guests swooning. I still have many people at each event say they have never heard of this idea and they LOVE it! In addition, you receive a beautiful contemporary impressionist oil painting to treasure for years to come.
What is My Process?
Before a live event painting commission, I discuss with my client the 'scene' they would like painted, as well as key people they would like to include. I arrive at the event early to set up and begin blocking in architectural and design elements, including floral. As guests begin to arrive, I start adding in figures. I paint throughout the evening and take photographs as well, so that I can get a good likeness for the figures in my studio.
I use oil paints as opposed to acrylic or watercolor. Other than tempera or fresco, oil is the oldest, most traditional medium of painting and allows for an exquisite, textured finish. Oil paintings take several days to dry and achieve the most stunning results when applied in layers. In my studio, the first layer from your event will dry and I will add several additional layers and details before it is finished. The first layer painted at your event is beautiful, loose and painterly, covering the entire canvas and could be a finished piece on its own.
Who you decide to include in your painting is completely up to you, but some suggestions are both sets of parents, grandparents, siblings, children in the wedding and some or all members of the wedding party. Many brides are keeping it simple and just including parents and siblings or even just a beautiful portrait of the bride and groom.
I am always open to new ideas, so please don’t hesitate to talk with me about doing something different with your painting. It could be a beautiful impressionist painting of a floral installation, arrangement or bouquet, or a still-life painting of an exquisite table setting at your reception, or even something that your guests can be involved with, such as quick-sketch portraits (not to be confused with caricature illustrations). When incorporating art into your celebration, the sky is the limit!
Live Event Painting Details
Starts at $2350. for 16" x 20" oil painting.
Please call or email for additional sizes and pricing.
Square shapes and gallery wrapped canvases are also available.
- Original oil painting on 100% cotton canvas
- Pre-event meeting or phone consultation
- 5 hours attendance and live painting at your event
- Studio time for drying and several more layers of oil paint and details
- Travel costs within 30 miles of Dallas, Texas
- Shipping and insurance are included, if outside of D/FW area
I request a 50% deposit to book your date. The balance is due one week before the event.
I am located in Dallas, Texas however, depending on the date, I may be available to travel. Travel expenses are additional to the package price and may include round-trip airfare from Dallas/Ft. Worth, rental car, and 2 night hotel accommodations.
If the date of your event has already passed, I may be able to work from your photos. Call or email me to discuss. I'm happy to search through your photographer's link to help you find the photos that would make the best painting.
Notecards and Giclée's available
Once complete, you may choose to have notecards, archival quality canvas or paper prints made from your painting. Please call or email for pricing.
Contact me at email@example.com or 214 327 6648 for more information or to schedule your event.
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society
Outdoor Painters Society
Daily Painters of Texas
National League of American Pen Women