When my wife was pregnant with our little boy, I made a narrative illustration of us standing in the snow, waiting at the mailbox for a "delivery" as our Christmas card/baby announcement. I had my paintbrushes in hand. She had her pregnant belly. And our bouncy black dog was excited to see what was in the mail.


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When I posted it I received a massive outpouring of love toward it, along with requests from people to illustrate their family. So a few paintings later I had a huge portfolio full of family illustrations. Now I work with people around the world constructing personalized quirky artworks for their families as keepsakes/snapshots of a particular moment in their lives.

As for my work process, I email clients a chiseled questionnaire designed to extract the most important details about their bond with each other. Their answers provide the content for the illustration. I love combining my passion for painting with getting to know each family and their unique story. And finally, I use a pencil and watercolor on Arches watercolor paper for all my illustrations.

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Tolga ÜSTÜN 2 weeks ago

Little dog looks like, "step away, me first!"

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Night Owl 2 weeks ago

Looks fun; but, being more of an introvert, that would definitely be too crowded for me.

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Lola Run 1 week ago

Wow ! Beautiful !

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Night Owl 2 weeks ago

I like this one. They caught each other and made a beautiful heart.

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Tolga ÜSTÜN 2 weeks ago

Cheating with mechanical leg when you drink alcohol... "guess I forgot how to dog..."

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Tigers 2 weeks ago

What is she pointing to

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Enea 2 weeks ago

Aww, and look at that cute family moose!

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Evelyn L 2 weeks ago

What a jump!

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Night Owl 2 weeks ago

Beautiful little family

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Agnes Jekyll 2 weeks ago

Aww. This might be the sweetest--just because a family can be a man and his dog.

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SunflowersAreGold 2 weeks ago

Love all the different hobbies.

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Tolga ÜSTÜN 2 weeks ago

I guess this one is the dopest...

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Whitney Speight-Carlin 2 weeks ago

Joy.

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Susann Campbell 2 weeks ago

This family went to a lot of places in the world and probably helped a village get their very own elephant.

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Hey MammaG Sunshine is back!

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Susann Campbell 2 weeks ago

D and A = Baby

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Whitney Speight-Carlin 2 weeks ago

Love.

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BusLady 2 weeks ago

Little boy brought his dinosaur. How cute.

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sh 2 weeks ago

Love the lineman! Under represented demographic.

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hot.doggeria 2 weeks ago

freshwater peanut

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Agnes Jekyll 2 weeks ago

Lovely!!!

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

A summer's day at the home pond.

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Night Owl 2 weeks ago (edited)

The dog looks still shocked he's been replaced

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BusLady 2 weeks ago

I thought the Tardis was bigger. Oh, wait, that's on the inside.....

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Kiss Army 2 weeks ago

Seet angel kitty... gone but never forgotten!

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Agnes Jekyll 2 weeks ago

Whoa, the style of this one is so different from the others--less cartoon and more portrait--is this an early one?

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Night Owl 2 weeks ago

So not all their dogs are angels.

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

On Mulberry St.

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Tigers 2 weeks ago

Different parts of a family

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Whitney Speight-Carlin 2 weeks ago

Adventure!

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Lola Run 1 week ago

Really nice drawing. Love the cherry trees

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Whitney Speight-Carlin 2 weeks ago

Family day.

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

Ready for the Voice!

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SunflowersAreGold 2 weeks ago

Are those winged dogs dead dogs.....?

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

Turtle looks contented.

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

family cruise pix?

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Whitney Speight-Carlin 2 weeks ago

Balancing Act.

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Whitney Speight-Carlin 2 weeks ago

Playtime!

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

Taking a day off work.

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Milena Matic 2 weeks ago

I love the Crock & Hippo dance detail on top of the tent, from Disney's "Fantasia"! <3

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

To the beach.

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

Family fun time

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Whitney Speight-Carlin 2 weeks ago

And the dog sleeps on.....

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Agnes Jekyll 2 weeks ago

So sweet--whose are those tiny little hands? (it doesn't matter, but it does beg for a backstory!)

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

Next step: Landscaping.

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Deena Salzman 2 weeks ago

I'm surprised the sorting hat didn't put Darth Vader in Slytherin!

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Night Owl 2 weeks ago

If sport is the biggest thing they're arguing about, it's all good

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

Cultivate imagination

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

Camp counselor's day off.

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Shirley Coale 2 weeks ago

Leaving the nest in stages.

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BusLady 2 weeks ago

How nice to include pets that have passed on.

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BusLady 2 weeks ago

Jesus plays guitar? Who knew.

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