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“Recommendation for an artist to paint a portrait of our house?”

by Prince Of Petworth April 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm 22 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville community –

We are moving out of our beloved house and leaving DC next month. Since this is our first family house, we feel a strong connection to it and would like to find a way to carry its memory with us in our next house. We’re looking for a local artist who we can commission to do a painting of our house. Does anyone in the Popville community have any recommendations?


  • JT

    There is a house portrait painter at the Eastern Market most weekends. I got his card several years ago, I’ll see if I can find it.

  • dceited

    Maybe contact Leisa Collins (leisacollins.com)? She seems to do what you’re looking for.

    • ncjohn

      Leisa made a painting of our home on T Street NW – it came out great. Highly recommend her. Feel free to reach out to me with questions.

  • EF

    I commissioned a painting from Mary Belcher of my childhood home for my parents a few years ago and she was great! http://marybelcher.com/blog2/

    • Linc Park SE

      +1 Came here to say the same. You can usually find her at EM on the weekend.

    • OldinAM

      Another recommendation for Mary Belcher. Here’s a link to her Web site:

    • Anonymous

      And another vote for Mary Belcher. We have her prints in our house and she’s the first person I thought of.

    • Ilana

      I have also commissioned a painting from Mary Belcher – she’s a fantastic local artist! Would definitely recommend.

    • cookie

      Another Mary Belcher lover here…she’s awesome if you like her style. She is wonderful.

  • ENPetworth

    There are tons of people on Etsy who do this

  • I should get back to work

    Daphne vom Baur. She lives in Virginia and grew up in Washington. http://www.vernergallery.com/

  • EmilyD

    I highly recommend Joel Traylor! You can check out his commissioned pieces (including many house examples) on his website! http://joeltraylor.com/commissioned-art/

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  • bean

    Maybe you can get Karen Pence to do a watercolor for you. https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/karen-pence. Kidding. I think this idea is a really sweet way to preserve the memory of your first house.

  • Anon

    Joe Snyder does house portraits. He’s at Eastern Market every weekend, but here’s his website: http://www.josephharrisonsnyder.com/.

  • jbr

    This request is on my to-do list. Our last child is just about done with our daycare after 9 years and I want to get a gift for our daycare provider who has kept our kids safe and happy for so long. I thought of a custom painting of the facade of the Center. Do you think there are any legal reasons, from a safety standpoint, that this can’t be done?

    Glad to get the suggestions.

    • Anonymous

      “any legal reasons, from a safety standpoint,”
      I have no idea what you’re even thinking of here. If you can see the building, or have a photograph of it, then you can paint a picture of it. Not sure what safety concerns there could possibly be. If you mean any issues giving them a gift of a painting, I’m not sure; but I would think the bigger issue is whether they even want such a thing or have a place to put it, but I don’t think that’s a “safety” issue.

  • Tyler Kalogeros

    You should check out the artists at Art Enables on RI Ave NE. I commissioned a picture of some friends’ home as a wedding present and they did a phenomenal job. They’ll figure out which artists’ style fits your needs best, and they are INCREDIBLY affordable for original art. Plus the organization does great work! (Art-enables.org).

  • Karen

    There is a realtor in our neighborhood (bloomingdale) who is also an artist…and has done lovely paintings of houses in the city. Her name is Suzanne DeMarias(sp)


    • saf

      Also known as HipChickinDC!

  • LenaMarie

    Riley is awesome, local, and her work is inexpensive! https://www.instagram.com/cestriley/

  • HB

    I really like this local artist work and am wanting her to do a painting of our house as well.


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