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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 works of art is one of my favorite parts of my job!

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 and dreams, I am happy to work from source photos you provide, but I need multiple photos 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. Paintings come unframed but ready to be hung on your wall, with finished sides and a hanging wire already installed. I also make portrait drawings that are unframed and not hang-ready.

Usually, I require half the fee at the time of the interview and the balance upon completion of the painting, 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.

painted portrait of a little girl
Gwenn Seemel Molly

Single Portrait

7 x 5 inches: $800

10 x 10 inches: $1000

16 x 14 inches: $1400

24 x 18 inches: $2000

36 x 24 inches: $2600

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

painted portrait of a loving couple
Gwenn Seemel Char and Michael

Double Portrait

8 x 10 inches: $1500

18 x 18 inches: $2400

24 x 24 inches: $3000

30 x 30 inches: $3600

36 x 36 inches: $4000

48 x 34 inches: $4600

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

painted portrait of a family
Gwenn Seemel Robin and his Family

Group Portrait

20 x 20 inches, three people: $2800

30 x 30 inches, three people: $3600

30 x 30 inches, four people: $4000

30 x 30 inches, five people: $4600

Custom sizes available. Contact me.

painted portrait on a canvas bag
Gwenn Seemel Sharmila

You Bag

This is a handmade canvas tote with the portrait painted directly on the surface of the bag. As you use the tote, the painting is damaged, and that’s actually part of the point.

13 x 18 inches, one portrait: $1800

13 x 18 inches, two portraits: $2600

13 x 18 inches, double portrait: $2800

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.

commissioned portrait with a background element
Gwenn Seemel Jim

Something Extra

Portraits with something extra include a compositional element that is informed by a detail that the subject shared about themselves during the interview. In this image, the sunset is the something extra. When commissioning a portrait with something extra, add $500 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.

colorful commissioned portrait of a home
Gwenn Seemel Tough

Home Portrait

Houses can be big characters in our lives, and that’s why I paint home portraits. In order to portray a house, I do not need to photograph the home myself, but I must have access to as many photos as possible, and I will need an idea of what the house means to you, what season you love most, and what colors you prefer.

The pricing for a home portrait is the same as for a single portrait.

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 doesn’t fit neatly into any of the options listed here. That’s when you are looking for a dream painting! The pricing for a dream painting varies depending on complexity, but it will probably be the same as for a single portrait.

commissioned portrait drawing
Gwenn Seemel Pete and Meg

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: $330

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