Contemporary artist Elizabeth R. Whelan paints our world in all its complexity. Working from her studio on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Whelan creates distinctive fine art paintings that will last generations.

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Elizabeth R. Whelan: The Value of a Portrait

Seeing art in person can be a life-changing experience, both humbling and inspiring.
And in any art museum, portraits are everywhere: in every style, color, and size, from every country and created by every type of artist.

In a portrait's brushstrokes we find a path connecting us to another human on a timeless level.

Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, van Gogh and Rembrandt's many self-portraits, these are just a few of the well-known portraits that have come down to us through the ages. Their popularity is testimony to the power and value of capturing personality, character, and aspect, on canvas.

Oil paint captures the living qualities of the human face and body like no other medium. Skillfully handled, the portrait transcends technique and draws the viewer in, and a single artist creates a treasure for us all.

The Painting Commission Process

Commissioning a portrait or other painting is a significant moment, and Elizabeth Whelan makes the process straightforward and enjoyable.
Portrait Process
Commissioning and sitting for a portrait is an exciting and unique experience.
Portrait Fees
A guide to portrait fees, which are based on factors including the size and complexity of the painting.
Other Commissions
Elizabeth Whelan also paints nautical and coastal subjects, landscapes, still life, as well as animals.
Visit the artist's studio
Working from her studio on Martha's Vineyard, Elizabeth paints and draws daily. Art is the foundation of her life.
What her clients say:
Your talent and love and generosity make the painting shine and we are very grateful that you hold us gently at a moment in our lives and in a place that we all love dearly.
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Mother of family Martha's Vineyard

Thank you so much...We think it looks amazing and beautiful and really captures [our retiring CEO].
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US luxury jewelry company New York City

The portrait of [father] exceeds our expectations. You must hear this from all your happy clients. Each day we enjoy another aspect of it.
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Family of portrait subject Martha's Vineyard

My portrait was unveiled this a.m. You are a true genius and master! ...Thank you again for all you did and because of you, it was truly painless.
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Retired doctor, surgeon New York City

studio easel elizabeth whelan artistPortrait fees vary depending on the size of the canvas, the complexity of the background, and number of people in the painting. Elizabeth is happy to chat with you about the options you might want to consider, such as where the painting will hang. Her experience can guide you to the best choice for your concept.

Please see the Portrait Fees page for the most requested sizes and types of portraits, and a guideline for fees. (It is always possible to work to other painting sizes if needed. ) If you have budget parameters please do let Elizabeth know, and she will help you explore appropriate options.

Additional figures in the painting will typically increase the fee by 50% for the first additional person, and 25% for each person thereafter. Elizabeth can help you decide on the best canvas size for your project if you would like the portrait to be of a couple or a group.

Pets may be included in the portrait, and can be a lovely addition to the scene!

An up-front deposit of 50% is required before the portrait sitting, and the remainder is due upon approval of the finished work. Elizabeth will provide you with in-process photos of the portrait as she works. You are also free to stop by her studio and see the work in progress.

Elizabeth looks forward to discussing your portrait concept and bringing it to life for you. You can email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone her at 508.560.0083.