Your painting!

I make three different kinds of paintings:

individual portraits
- AND -
portraits in series
- AND -
animal paintings

The individual portraits are sometimes paintings of friends and, often, they are commissioned works. To make these paintings, I work from photos of my subjects that I have taken during the course of an hour long interview. To commission me to paint a portrait, please check out my price list which explains various options—single portraits, double portraits, group portraits, and You Bags—and contact me to arrange a meeting!

When I paint portraits in series, I am gathering groups of people around a particular issue in order to explore it more fully. I exhibit these works in conceptual shows—Mutually Beneficial and Apple Pie are two examples. If you’re interested in purchasing work from these series, go here for more information.

The animal paintings started out as part of an exhibition and art book called Crime Against Nature, but I’ve continued to make them. If you’re interested in purchasing an existing animal painting, go here for more information.


Gwenn Seemel's portrait of Oliver

Gwenn Seemel’s Oliver 2011


This portrait is so amazing! ...I really feel like you nailed [my son’s] personality, which is fascinating, since at 3 months I don’t think I had a great handle on describing his personality.

     —— -Madeleine Sanford





Gwenn Seemel's portrait of Lola

Gwenn Seemel’s Lola 2010



When I saw the painting [of my mother] all I could do was cry. You managed to capture not only her physical likeness, but her spirit as well.

     —— -Emily Scott





Gwenn Seemel's portrait of Poison Waters

Gwenn Seemel’s Poison 2009




This thing gets me more play than one of those tiny lap dogs celebrities carry around!

     —— -Kevin Cook





Gwenn Seemel's portrait of Katie

Gwenn Seemel’s Katie 2008

Wow, what can I say? I was so reluctant to have you do my portrait, and why? I was nervous when I came to pick it up, and why? You are amazing—but I already knew that! You captured the essence of me and even I can see it.

     —— -Katie Keller





 

-—PRICE LIST FOR COMMISSIONED PORTRAITS—-

I require half the fee as a deposit at the time of the interview and the balance upon completion of the painting. If you would prefer a payment plan, we can arrange that too.

I paint primarily on canvas or other stretched materials, but I also work on panel to create miniature portraits. The canvases come hang-ready, with finished sides and a hanging wire already installed. The small panels are finished neatly, but unframed and not hang-ready.

There are four main options for commissioning a painting. Single portraits, double portraits, group portraits, and You Bags are explained below with prices and sizes listed. For custom sizes, please ask about pricing.


I paint single portraits with just one face in the composition.

painted portrait

Gwenn Seemel’s Nolan 2011


       - --SINGLE PORTRAIT-- -

        $800 for a 7 by 5 inch composition on panel.

        $1000 for a 10 by 10 inch composition on canvas.

        $1300 for a 16 by 14 inch composition on canvas.

        $1800 for a 24 by 18 inch composition on canvas.

        $2400 for a 36 by 24 inch composition on canvas.

        $3300 for a 48 by 34 inch composition on canvas.




I also make double portraits with two subjects appearing in the painting.

double portrait

Gwenn Seemel’s Pat And Eleanor 2011


       - --DOUBLE PORTRAIT-- -

        $2800 for a 24 by 24 inch composition on canvas.

        $3800 for a 36 by 36 inch composition on canvas.

        $4300 for a 48 by 34 inch composition on canvas.






And I create group portraits with three or more people appearing in the painting.

group portrait

Gwenn Seemel’s The Miharas 2013


       - --GROUP PORTRAIT-- -

        $3300 for a 30 by 30 inch composition on canvas
           with three subjects. For more, ask about pricing.

        $4000 for a 40 by 40 inch composition on canvas
           with three subjects. For more, ask about pricing.






Besides wall-hung paintings, I paint portraits that go with you everywhere.

You Bag

Gwenn Seemel’s Stephanie 2008




       - --YOU BAG-- -

        $1700 for a 13 by 13 inch You Bag with a
           single portrait.

        $2000 for a 13 by 18 inch You Bag with a
           single portrait.

        $2500 for a 13 by 18 inch You Bag with a
           single portrait on each side.

        $3000 for a 13 by 18 inch You Bag with a
           double portrait.






I also make groups of matched compositions in which the portraits complement each other, as in this diptych.

a diptych of portraits

Gwenn Seemel’s Mary and Tom 2012



painted portrait

Gwenn Seemel’s Jim 2008


Along with simple portraits, I create portraits with a little something extra going on. The “something extra” is a compositional element that is informed by a detail that the subject tells me about her-him self during the interview.

When commissioning a portrait with that something extra, add $400 to the prices listed above. For other examples of this kind of painting, please visit my galleries devoted to Swollen or to Apple Pie.






 

-—ARTWORK FOR SALE—-

The following works are available for purchase. If the one you’re looking for isn’t listed below, please don’t hesitate to ask about its availability. To view a larger image and find out more about a painting, click on the thumbnail. If you are interested in purchasing any of these works, please email me.


Smokey remix


$200
Stripes - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 11 inches
Painted in part to help me learn about a new pigment.



goat and sheep

$1700
Goat/sheep - 2014 - acrylic on bird’s eye - 19 x 23 inches
Painted for my 2015 New Year’s card.



Smokey remix


$200
Only you... - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



Little Prince


$200
Parroted Prince - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



cat and parrot


$200
Carrot and pat - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



cat and parrot


$200
Making language - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



cat and parrot


$200
Making language - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



Mickey Mouse


$200
Meany Mouse - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



Mickey Moses


$200
Mickey Moses - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



praying squirrel


$200
Pouting - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



praying squirrel


$200
Nuts - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



bear in a swimsuit


$200
Swimming along - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



bear roaring


$200
Broken heart - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



Little Prince with a bear


$200
Feeding - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



bear making a heart


$200
Share the Bear - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



bear kissing a parrot


$200
Kiss the parrot - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



praying squirrel


$200
Copyright - 2014 - acrylic on unmounted canvas - 12 x 12 inches
Painted as an illustration for my book about why I don’t copyright my art.



appaloosa pegasus


$3500
Tenacious - 2013 - acrylic on canvas - 47 x 41 inches
Painted for my 2014 New Year’s card. For more about it, go here.



painting of a woman's back

$1000
Hysterical - 2013 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of self-portraits. For more about it, go here.



a girl

$1000
Tomboy - 2013 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of self-portraits. For more about it, go here.



an eagle

$1000
Bald eagle - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



shark

$1000
Great white shark - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



marlin

$1000
Blue marlin fish - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



fanfin seadevil

$1000
Fanfin seadevil - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



a blue whale

$1000
Blue whale - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



rabbits

$1000
European rabbit - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



slugs

$1000
Leopard slug - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



salmon

$1000
Coho salmon - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



elk

$1000
Elk - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



clownfish

$1000
Clownfish - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



fox

$1000
Red fox - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



dromedary

$1000
Dromedary - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



gecko

$1000
Bynoe’s gecko - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



komodo

$1000
Komodo dragon - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



kangaroo

$1000
Red kangaroo - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



seahorse

$1000
Pot-bellied seahorse - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



bat

$1000
Dayak fruit bat - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



penguin

$1000
Emperor penguin - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



crow

$1000
American crow - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



meerkat

$1000
Meerkat - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



lemur

$1000
Ring-tailed lemur - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



bee

$1000
Western honey bee - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



gull

$1000
Western gull - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals.



bonobo

$1000
Bonobo - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



lovebird

$1000
Peach-faced lovebird - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



gorilla

$1000
Mountain gorilla - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



orca

$1000
Orca - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



bighorn

$1000
Bighorn sheep - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



rhino

$1000
Black rhinoceros - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



grizzly

$1000
Grizzly bear - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



swan

$1000
Black swan - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



pigeon

$1000
Rock pigeon - 2012 - acrylic on panel - 10 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of animals. For more about it, go here.



American Gothic remake


$2500
Amazigh Gothic - 2008 - acrylic on panel - 35 x 30 inches
Part of a series of paintings of hyphenated Americans.



Elvis remake


$2100
You Ain’t Nothing... - 2008 - acrylic on canvas - 39 x 29 inches
Part of a series of paintings of hyphenated Americans.



Paula Bunyan


$2600
Paula Bunyan... - 2008 - acrylic on canvas - 34 x 23 x 10 inches
Part of a series of paintings of hyphenated Americans.




Chu Xam


$2100
Chú Xam - 2008 - acrylic on canvas - 36 x 24 inches
Part of a series of paintings of hyphenated Americans.




Ella Fitzgerald


$1400
Erzulie Fitzgerald - 2008 - acrylic on canvas - 22 x 19 inches
Part of a series of paintings of hyphenated Americans.



portrait flag


$2800
Nowa Flaga - 2008 - acrylic on canvas - 48 x 34 inches
Part of a series of paintings of hyphenated Americans.




cosmonaut

$2700
I And Cosmonaut... - 2008 - acrylic on canvas - 42 x 42 inches
Part of a series of paintings of hyphenated Americans.



Statue of Liberty remake



$2400
Liberty - 2007 - acrylic on linen - 42 x 19 inches
Part of a series of paintings of hyphenated Americans.







I also have two exhibition catalogs and three books for sale. The three books can be read for free—the art book here, the art marketing book here, and the book about why I don’t copyright my art here. What’s more, prints of many of my works are available through my RedBubble shop.