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I have reduced my shipping fees to one price for any size house or pet portrait painting, effective immediately. Please visit my gallery for examples of my work; I will be happy to answer any questions you may have… Continue reading… 0 comments

The most popular house portrait size requested by my clients is 8 _ 10. In this particular case, 9 _ 12 was the better choice. We did not need much more space vertically, but horizontally the length of the home needed the extra two inches… Continue reading… 0 comments

The 2016 real estate market in New Jersey was very active. In recognition of this trend and the many wonderful and hardworking realtors I've met over the years, I'm continuing my realtor's discounted prices. When selecting closing gifts, I invite all realtors to check out my new Realtor Gallery on this site… Continue reading… 0 comments

House portraits have been my primary subject for more than thirty years, originally starting with small paintings on wood. These sold well as Christmas ornaments. I then started working with real estate agents using watercolor and pen & ink. I enjoy the challenge of accurately depicting various architectural elements as well as sprucing up their landscapes… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor was created from old photographs supplied by the Chatham, NJ Historical Society for the 2014 Centennial celebration of the Chatham, New Jersey train station. It was then turned into the poster shown, sponsored by Town and Country Realtors, and used as a fundraiser… Continue reading… 0 comments

The front of this magnificent home was painted for a real estate marketing brochure. Because the back of the house was so grand, the watercolor shown was also painted and included in the brochure. When considering possible house portraits, think of something out of the ordinary, especially as a gift. The back of a home would be a great reminder of relaxing moments and special times over the years… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor needed an on-site visit with the realtor. Because it sits on a slope and the landscaping was overgrown, clear pictures weren't easy to accomplish. I made a few rough sketches to fill in detail that couldn't be photographed accurately. The landscaping was cleaned up, enhanced, and edited in the final painting. This was a 100 year old home waiting for the right buyer to see its potential and restore it to its former beauty… Continue reading… 0 comments

As I glance over at my drawing board, I catch myself reminiscing about the many house and pet portraits I've painted. Over the years I've met a wonderful group of people, fondly called "my realtors". One of these realtors is Scott Gleason of Westfield, New Jersey. Scott has recently sent me a link to a website about Westfield, a small suburban town of 29,000 residents which boasts many beautiful homes and easy commuting to NYC. When you have a minute, visit and see the many services and shops available. Should you want to learn more about Westfield, contact Scott at: or 0 comments

This portrait was commissioned by a realtor to be used for promotional brochures and newspaper advertising. This type of painting involves taking an architectural line drawing and creating a dimensional house portrait. Most of the time the construction has not yet started or is only half done. Many of the homes being buiilt in my area of New Jersey are sided with beige or gray. This house was a welcome change .... a distinctive and beautiful shade of green. Though it can be frustrating when the builder makes changes mid-stream, such as using brick instead of stone, this work has become one of my favorite things. I usually have a free hand with the landscaping. Something simple, yet effective, to show the house to its best advantage… Continue reading… 0 comments