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's portraits and paintings transcend technique and draw the viewer in, creating a treasure for us all. Each painting captures the warmth and living qualities of our world, and our connections, one to another.

View Elizabeth's portrait portfolio, commission a portrait or painting from Elizabeth R. Whelan, and purchase an available work or fine art print.

Elizabeth also invites you to view recent nature and landscape, marine and maritime, and still life paintings from her studio.

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Fine art paintings by artist Elizabeth R. Whelan
"Not only did she capture the boat’s beauty, her painting reflected the energy of cruising Nantucket Sound. The wind, the waves, the sounds are all communicated through her expertise in oils. The natural light and coastal landscape are perfectly represented. I could not be happier with the result!"
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Sailor Cape Cod, MA

"Also, I have to say, all of your paintings, not just these two, capture the living presence and essence of individual people in a way that I’ve rarely seen in other portraits. For me, these ones will be a vivid reminder of how happy..."

Portrait Sitter Vermont

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

"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

"The portrait of [our 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 the portrait subject Martha's Vineyard

"The painting is absolutely stunning! You did such an amazing job! You are a truly remarkable artist. You seamlessly blended the pictures we sent, and you captured the castle perfectly. The inlet you made was an outstanding addition to the scene."
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Private Commission Connecticut

"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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Multi-generational family Martha's Vineyard

"Thank you for making this possible and for.... creating this perfect painting. It came out better than I hoped and I so appreciate your help in making this such a wonderful experience."

Private Commission Boston, MA

sketch portrait painting artist elizabeth r whelanThe portrait process typically begins with a phone call or email, during which subject matter, size, fees, and schedule are discussed.

You can email Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone her at 508.560.0083.

Elizabeth then makes arrangements to meet with the subject in person if possible, followed by a photo session and often some sketching in oil or graphite/conte crayon. This meeting usually takes a few hours and is important to the success of the final painting.

When Elizabeth is back in her studio, she selects a number of the sketches and photographic references that she believes will combine to create the best composition, and paints a color study. The color study is a small, rough sketch in oil paint that shows the pose, lighting, and other features that may be important to the final painting.  This color study is sent to the client. Changes and adjustments are made at this time, and upon sign-off of the color study the portrait is taken to completion, using the sketches and reference material gathered at the sitting. If necessary, a final sitting is arrcolor study portrait painting artist elizabeth r whelananged.

Please note that Elizabeth Whelan is happy to paint the sitter entirely from life, and encourages the portrait subject to consider this approach. However she has found that modern life does not often allow for a sitter to be available for such a schedule, and likewise, some types of portrait do not lend themselves to this approach. She has had excellent success with working from her reference material and spending the time getting to know her portrait subject is vital to her process.
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Upon viewing of the final painting, client satisfaction is paramount, and when the painting is complete Elizabeth Whelan can deliver the portrait depending on the destination or ship it via an insured carrier.

Completion of the portrait can vary from two to six months. Elizabeth Whelan prefers to use her own photographic reference, however exceptions can be made; for example, if the commission is for a posthumous portrait or the sitter is unavailable for a particular reason, or if professional photography is available. Before agreeing to working from client photos, Elizabeth would like to see the reference from which she will be working, as that will be key to achieving a high-quality finished work. Thank you for your understanding on this point.