New Day by artist Lisa Larrabee
Portraiture has always held a special interest for me. I painted my twins from a picture taken on the day they were born.  My goal was to create portraits that felt so real that I would be compelled to reach out and touch their tiny hands.  This painting was done to scale to capture the size they were when they were born because we always forget just how small babies are.

Painting my own children brought me a renewed sense of purpose when creating portraits.  I want others to be able to gaze at a portrait of their loved ones and be transported back into that moment.  There is simply nothing like it.

My Figurative paintings are another option to consider for a distinctive portrait painting.  These abstracted portraits are a unique combination of reality and illusion.  Spatial perceptions are obscured by blurring the line between foreground and background. 

As I develop these paintings, my figures become increasingly integrated with their surroundings. This leads to an ethereal and poetic painting that will create a truly unique portrait.

Charcoal is a wonderfully versatile medium.  It allows for expressive mark making and controlled rendering.  Similar to my figurative paintings, my charcoal drawings allow for loose areas of visual texture to compliment the rendered details of the portrait.  

Choosing to commission a portrait in charcoal on paper is an economical option that can be completed within a smaller timeframe than an oil painting. 

Charcoal drawings must be framed behind glass to protect the artwork.


Formal or Corporate commissions create an entirely different experience.  It is important to discuss how the subject wants to present themselves as well as anything they may want to include that has personal or professional meaning. 

Lee Cox commission by Lisa Larrabee

Having a portrait painted should be a special experience.  There are many elements that need to be discussed before proceeding. If you are interested in having a painting commissioned, please call or e-mail so that we may begin the conversation.