Project Description

This portrait painting was for a birthday gift surprise. It was so much fun to create with lots of little personal details. I worked closely with my client. And I added some surprises of my own!

“Hello Nomi,
I love the way you draw and paint. Is it possible for you to draw from your imagination? My sister’s 40th birthday is coming up and she loves sailing. I want to give her a portrait painting of her sailing a boat with her husband and their dog, Tora. She doesn’t have her own boat yet and I don’t have an exact photo of what I have in mind, but I can provide some to help you. We live in the Seattle area, so I would like the setting to be Puget Sound. I want my sister to be at the wheel, sailing left to right, with dark blue rough sea, seagulls above, and clouds. And, oh yes, her surprise birthday party is in 5 weeks!” 

Hi Nomi,
I love the painting so much, can’t wait to show her. You did such a great job, even adding Mt. Rainier. The 24×32 is perfect. Thanks for working hard so I could have her portrait painting birthday surprise in time to frame it for the party.” 

“Hi Nomi,
My sister, her husband, and all the guests were so amazed and asked me how the painting was created. I made a speech during the party and explained about you and how we composed the portrait painting by gathering each piece for the birthday gift surprise. They were so impressed. Being here in WA (Costco country), they especially liked seeing the surprise Kirkland dog cookie you painted for Tora. My sister told me that the family painting will be her most treasured possession.” 

Kumi, Mountlake Terrace, WA