I do mostly pet portraits, but am branching out into human portraits as well. I also draw or paint cars, buildings, such as churches, residential homes, and even commercial establishments. Take a look at my "Miscellaneous" page for other gift ideas.

Pricing varies depending on subject, detail, media (graphite, colored pencil, acrylic, oil), size and elements included, but generally, the first subject is $250, up to 11x14.  Additional subjects are $200 each.  Background details and other elements are dependent on many factors, I am happy to give you a quote based upon your needs, no obligation.  I can also cater a project to a pre-determined price.  If you tell me how much you would like to spend, I will gladly build the project around your budget.

Michele@sommersend.com

540-635-6824

 


 

Father Kane, December 2010

14 x 18 Acrylic

Detail:

 


 

Carly

Christmas Commission #1

December 2008, 18x24 stretched canvas, acrylic

 

 


 

Christmas Commission #2

December 2008, approx. 5x7 oval wood, acrylic

 


 

 

Valentines Day Wedding Gift
February 2008, 8 1/2 x 11 graphite on paper

This image is edited into a sepia tone, as it didn't scan well, it's actually done in regular graphite.  The reference photos for this left a lot to be desired, and I had to combine several blurry and dark snapshots... It was a surprise, so we had to work with what could be "snuck" away from the recipients!  Based on what I had to work with, I'm very pleased with how this turned out.  It could, of course, have been better.. really the portrait is only as good as the references.

 

 


 

Pauline and Rocky at the Beach
December 2007, 20x24 Acrylic on canvas

Another child portrait, I'm starting to think this may become a habit, hopefully!  You can still see this as a work in progress on that page, I'll leave it there for now...

 

 


 

My First Acrylic Child Portrait
May 2007, 14x18 Acrylic on Gessobord

This is a beautiful little girl I had the pleasure of painting.  She lives in Massachusettes, and her Uncle, who commissioned it, lives in Florida, where the portrait is being shipped.  A truly well-traveled piece!

 

 


 

Pencil Portrait November 20, 2007

 

 


 

Pet Portraits

 

Cedar and Jerry
December 2010
11x14, acrylic


 

Otis and Simon
December 2010
11x14, acrylic

 


Donation to the German Shepherd Rescue League, 2009

Acrylic, 11x14


 

 


Daisy

December 2009


 

 

 


 


Buddy

 

In Loving Memory of Clementine...  This is a close up... it's an oval canvas.


 

 

Abbie and Hannah, finally finished!  A THANK YOU to their mom, who was so very patient waiting for me to get her girls "just right."  Some portraits take longer than others, but I hope it was worth the wait!

 

Holly and Harrison, the Shetland Sheepdogs.  They live in Florida, and I did the portrait and shipped them.  14x18, acrylic.

 

This is a handsome dog named Tas.  He's a Rottweiller/ Golden Retriever mix, and such a gentleman!  It was a pleasure to meet him and his human. * Unfortunately, since this posting Tas has passed on...

IN LOVING MEMORY OF TAS

 

Jen and Chuck on the Overlook...

This one is a combination pet/ human/ landscape that I completed (Dec 2006) for a friend and her dog, Chuck.

 

Jagger and Leigh-A, acrylic on 14 x 18 stretched canvas, December 2006

Meglan, acrylic on 12 x 16 oval stretched canvas, December 2006

 

Indy, 12 x 16 acrylic on stretched canvas, December 2006

 

Though not a commissioned piece, this is my first oil painting completed shortly after a recent workshop I attended, taught by the talented John Leone, Equine Artist.  He helped me get this piece working.  What an amazing Artist he is!  With his guidance, this became a very nice piece.

This painting won Third place in the Blue Ridge Arts Council Members Show, June 2007!!

Belgians, 9 x 12 oil on board, completed October 2006.

 

 Marlin, 14x18, acrylic on stretched canvas.  Completed September 2006, commissioned for a wedding gift.

 

Rusty, 16 X 20, acrylic on stretched canvas.  Completed August 2006.

 

Mugsy, 11 X 14 acrylics on canvas.   

 

 

Hairy (yes, that's his name!), acrylics on.. wall.        

 

Other Portraits

This is a portrait of a statue bust I completed during a workshop with Ryan Bongers, 2008.  Charcoal, 24 x 30 paper.

 

This is my little sister, Amanda, done in charcoal pencils of varying colors, on smooth paper, 8 X 10, and one of my nephews, graphite on bristol, 11 X 14.

         

 

 I can even paint your home or business, or that of a friend, which makes for an unusual gift.  This painting was donated to Blandy, which is our State Arboretum... open to the public, and since I discovered and fell in love with the beauty of the place, I wanted to "give something back"...  Blandy Farm, Boyce, VA.  20x24, acrylic on stretched canvas, completed 9/8/06.