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

2016 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
After a 20 year absence I am announcing my return to  Chattanooga area
by offering a 25% discount on my oil portrait commissions to end on  December 31 of 2016.
A 40% deposit on your portrait will hold price at this current level.
For more information contact:  JMcGrathArt@Gmail.com
Click on "OLDER POSTS" at bottom of page to view more art.

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


Here are two portraits I have recently completed. 
 One is an oil of my client's deceased parents and the other is a pastel of a husband who has recently passed on.
 The oil was done from a studio photograph and the other from a home snapshot. 
 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.







Sunday, February 16, 2014

COMMISSION A PORTRAIT THAT WILL BECOME A FAMILY HEIRLOOM.   Your wedding picture or photos when you were dating and knock it off  with an original oil or pastel painting of how you look today!  It will be on display so that your grandchildren can say -"Wow, I look just like grandpa (or grandma) when they were my age!” Great gift 
for a 50th wedding anniversary gift.  Call or email me today!


Monday, December 30, 2013

PAINT A PORTRAIT IN A DAY!

Bring your lunch and enjoy a morning or a day of creating your own head & shoulder portrait in a small class in my home studio.  You will project your photo on canvas or paper to give you an accurate likeness.  Then, working in oil or pastel, I will teach and help you complete a 16" x 20" or smaller portrait to hang in your home or give as a gift.  The location is in Ringgold GA.
  Contact me for more information.
  JMcGrathArt@Gmail.com   or     423-424-6040 

Friday, July 13, 2012

BRODY - age 3

16" x 20" Pastel 
Grandmother caught a cherised expression in this outdoor photo she sent my way!

Look at those eyes. . . so much better than a big smile - don't you think?