Portrait Painting by Kelly Eddington

Commission a portrait painting

I’ve been creating watercolor portrait paintings of people and their collections for years. As I paint, my people seem to emerge from the white paper as though they were slowly rising up from a vat of milk, and when this happens I fall in love–there’s no other word for it–with everything that makes them unique: wrinkles, 5 o’clock shadows, freckles, rogue gray hairs.

I prefer to show my subjects absorbed in their own little worlds. And if their worlds are populated with books, I’m a happy painter. Unlike portrait paintings with plain, gray backgrounds, I believe that the addition of personal items can bring my subjects that much closer to their viewers. So if I come to paint you, make sure you have all of your books (or anything else YOU love) in a row!