Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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  A fine art portrait surely does become a treasured family heirloom.  (Dad did look a little sad in the original  photo but we managed to give him a little smile.) 20"x16" oil

Thursday, September 15, 2016


A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFT

You probably have a family snapshot of a beloved family member who needs to be remembered with a family portrait.  Here is an example I recently completed as a gift for a wife and daughter in remembrance of their loved one.  Email me a photo today and your unique "Pastel Portrait" gift will be sent to you within a few weeks.  JMcGrathArt@Gmail.com


Tuesday, August 16, 2016


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A few years ago I was commissioned to paint this oil portrait of a man's mother who was deceased. I loved the lighting on the weathered face. I  painted it with a plain background and the client was very pleased. Recently I did my own portrait of this dear lady but added the garden, shed and landscape that you see here.  I now have it over my fireplace and it is one of my favorite portraits.  Perhaps you have a simple snapshot of a loved one that would give a family . . . 

 . . .A FOREVER MEMORY!
You could add their home, an interior, a pet or 
anything that adds to their life story.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Recently did this portrait for a dear lady who sent me her favorite portrait of her husband she had recently lost.  Her daughter came to my studio to pick it up I experience the portrait artist greatest moment when I saw that tear slide down her cheek as she said 
"That's my dad!"
 I am adding the snapshot photo to show that you can use a "not so great" photo that you love....or that you could also choose a person out from a group photo.  You can see that the hat was changed and background removed to preserve the memory of a beloved husband. Clothing and hair can also be changed.