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Gwenn Seemel in her studio
photo by Gwenn Seemel

It could be you, your sweetie, your kid, your pet, your home, or even your dream. Creating custom artworks is one of my favorite things!

When painting people or pets: I work from photos I take myself during the course of an hour-long interview. You are welcome at my studio on Long Beach Island in New Jersey for this photo-session, but we can also arrange for me to travel to you if that’s more convenient.

When painting homes or dreams: I work from photos you provide. I need multiple images along with lots of verbal descriptions in order to create a piece. This information is vital since I never simply reproduce a photo in my style, but instead work to evoke something deeper with my paintings.

I paint on canvas or panel with Golden and Nova Color acrylic paints. Artworks come unframed but ready to be displayed, with finished sides and a hanging wire installed. I also make portrait drawings on archival paper. These artworks need to be framed before they can be displayed.

How It Works

Usually, you pay half the fee at the beginning of the process and the balance upon completion of the artwork, but, if you would prefer a payment plan, we can work one out together.

Prices are listed below with examples to help you imagine what I can create for you. These prices do not include shipping fees or taxes.

colorful commissioned portrait of a home
Gwenn Seemel Tough

Home Portrait

I will need plenty of photos as well as an idea of the house’s personality.

4 x 4 inches: $400

10 x 10 inches: $1000

16 x 14 inches: $1500

24 x 18 inches: $2000

36 x 24 inches: $2500

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

colorful commissioned painting of a dream
Gwenn Seemel Duggy Dream

Dream Painting

Sometimes you want to capture a feeling in a painting, and the actual subject matter isn’t a portrait of a home, a person, or a pet. That’s when you are looking for a dream painting! The pricing for a dream painting varies depending on how complex the composition is, but it will probably be the same as for a home portrait.

painted portrait of a little girl
Gwenn Seemel Molly

Single Portrait

To paint portraits, I need to meet the subjects and photograph them myself.

4 x 4 inches: $700

10 x 10 inches: $1500

16 x 14 inches: $2300

24 x 18 inches: $3000

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

painted portrait of a loving couple
Gwenn Seemel Char and Michael

Double Portrait

Twice the people means twice the fun as we come up with the perfect composition to express the relationship between the subjects.

8 x 10 inches: $1800

18 x 18 inches: $2800

24 x 24 inches: $3500

30 x 30 inches: $4200

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

painted portrait of a family
Gwenn Seemel Robert, Victoria, and Chris

Group Portrait

Group portraits generally feature between three and five individuals, including pets.

20 x 20 inches, three people: $3000

30 x 30 inches, four people: $4600

30 x 30 inches, five people: $5200

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

painted portrait on a canvas bag
Gwenn Seemel Sharmila

You Bag

This is a sturdy handmade canvas tote with a portrait painted directly on the surface of the bag. As you use the tote, there will be wear on the artwork, with paint cracking in places. That’s actually part of the point, and, despite the wear, the bags hold up and look amazing for over a decade.

13 x 18 inches, one person: $2000

13 x 18 inches, two people: $3000

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

portraits painted to match each other and hang nicely together
Gwenn Seemel Curnis and Becky

Matched Portraits

These are single portraits that are painted to hang nicely together. The pricing for groups of paintings is the same as ordering multiple single portraits.

painted portrait of a painter with mermaids
Gwenn Seemel Nita

Superhero Portrait

AKA the Story Portrait, AKA the Vision Board Portrait! This likeness has something extra going on. Maybe it’s you in your happy place or you as your favorite animal. Maybe it’s a representation of the person you want to be. Whatever it is, this portrait shows off your special powers.

When commissioning a Superhero Portrait, add $600 to the prices listed above.

commissioned portrait of a dog
Gwenn Seemel Lucky Star

Pet Portrait

I adore painting dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, ferrets, and any other animal you love. The pricing for pet portraits is the same as for people portraits, because, to me, pets and people are equal. For that same reason, I have to meet and photograph your furry loved one myself.

commissioned portrait drawing
Gwenn Seemel Charlotte Clymer

Portrait Drawing

To make these images, I work from photos that you provide, meaning that I do not need to meet the subject myself.

9 x 6 inches, one person: $200

9 x 9 inches, two people: $350

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

commissioned portrait painting
Gwenn Seemel Sylvia

“I have goosebumps. What a truly unique and original treasure for the family. The vibrancy of the essence of Syl pops off the canvas!”

- Paula

commissioned portrait painting
Gwenn Seemel Oliver

“This portrait is so amazing! ...I really feel like you nailed [my son’s] personality, which is fascinating, since at 3 months I don’t think I had a great handle on describing his personality.”

- Madeleine

commissioned portrait painting
Gwenn Seemel Katie

“Wow, what can I say? I was so reluctant to have you do my portrait, and why? I was nervous when I came to pick it up, and why? You are amazing—but I already knew that! You captured the essence of me and even I can see it.”

- Katie

commissioned portrait painting
Gwenn Seemel Lola

“When I saw the painting [of my mother] all I could do was cry. You managed to capture not only her physical likeness, but her spirit as well.”

- Emily