Why Snap a Photo of Your Abode When a Local Artist Can Paint It Instead?
The result: a showpiece that enhances your favorite features, like a garden at its peak — and makes like peeling paint and patchy grass never happened.
Renaissance artist Arlene Kelley, of Pittston, works in oil (shown), acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, and pencil. From $425 for an 11-by-14-inch oil portrait.
Cape Elizabeth architect David Duncan Morris’s pencil-and-watercolor works “capture the spirit of the building.” From $150 for a 9-by-12-inch portrait.
Falmouth’s Allison Chavanelle honed her watercolor skills using her maternal grandmother’s paints and pad. From $150 for an 8-by-10-inch portrait.
When she’s not painting acrylic portraits, RISD grad Valerie Wallace, of Orono, creates murals, illustrates books, teaches art, and hosts “art parties” and camps. From $500 for a 16-by-20-inch portrait.
“The contrast of the hard angles of the architecture and the flow of the paint is exciting to me,” says Arundel’s Diane Lent, who combines Chinese sumi ink with watercolor. $250 for an 11-by-14-inch portrait.