Artwork / Friend Request

Carolyn Gadbois portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel ceramic artist Winifred Weiss, portrait painted by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel beautiful woman portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel dark brown cat portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Kelly Sullivan painting, Lambertville art by Gwenn Seemel Lou Tobok portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel schnauzer portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Lambertville artist Eleanor Voorhees portrait by Gwenn Seemel dog portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel portrait of a dear person by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel secret smile portrait, acrylic painting by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel dog portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Vince Hawley Lambertville art, portrait by New Jersey artist Gwenn Seemel grey cat portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel fluffy kitty portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Mayor Andrew Nowick portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel pet portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel laughing portrait by New Jersey artist Gwenn Seemel Scot Nourok portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel poodle portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Lambertville art, portrait of SiriOm Singh by New Jersey painter Gwenn Seemel Ayala Shimelman portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Bucks County art Hope Gaburo, painting by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel corgi painting by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel kid portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Cindy Strauss painting, portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel dog portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel pet portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Sue Begent portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel black dog portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Jess Villars portrait by Lambertville painter Gwenn Seemel Cord Schlobohm painting by Lambertville portraitist Gwenn Seemel ginger cat portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel black cat portrait by New Jersey artist Gwenn Seemel tortoise shell cat painting by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel smiling portrait by New Jersey artist Gwenn Seemel tuxedo cat painting by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Lia Nielsen portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel funny dog portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel pet portrait by New Jersey artist Gwenn Seemel horse portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel pony portrait by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel Belgian workhorse portrait by horse artist Gwenn Seemel Lambertville art Jay Garrison, portrait by Gwenn Seemel

See this series in person!

in the window at
17 Church Street
Lambertville, NJ 08530

EXTENDED to December 12th
open all the time

At the click of a button you can friend just about anybody in the world, but fully befriending them is another story. It usually entails showing your new confidant again and again that you can be trusted, and, in my case, it often also involves the unusually social medium of painted portraiture, like with the 44 artworks shown here.

Soon after I moved to Lambertville last spring, these faces made me feel like I was in the right place. Each of these animals—both the human and the nonhuman—brought me out of a kind of social stasis that had been induced, in part, by COVID, but also by the six years I’d spent living in a conservative community where very few people shared my values.

Here in the LBV, as I like to call LamBertVille, there are nylon rainbows waving from every other house and neighbors smile to acknowledge they’ve seen me around. They help me remember what it’s like to feel safe, not just in my home, but in my town—and not just in my body, but in my spirit. These 44 creatures gave me permission to try to understand how their outsides and their insides reflect each other. They trusted me with their faces and their stories, and I trusted them to see their portraits as not just a simple likeness, but instead as a depiction of the space between us.

The act of befriending—whether it’s online, IRL, or in the social medium—is never over. We’re always re-requesting friendship, repainting our confidants in the mind’s eye as we notice new layers of their personalities. And from the deep kindness of my new home, I’m a better forever-befriender to all the people I care about, in Lambertville and beyond.


You can commission me to paint your portrait! The process and pricing is explained on this page.

opening for Friend Request at Winifred Weiss’ studio in Lambertville, New Jersey
photo by David Vanadia