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

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 your concept for the portrait and you can rely on her experience and expertise to inform your decisions.

Portrait fees start at $3500, and below are some sample sizes and fees. Other sizes are also available.

Head and upper body
16 x 20"   $3,500.00          20 x 24"   $5,750.00

Half figure with hands
20 x 24"   $7,000.00          24 x 30"   $9,250.00

3/4 figure standing or sitting
24 x 30"   $10,000.00       30 x 40"   $15,000.00

Full figure
36 x 48"   $20,000.00      40 x 60"   $35,000.00

Elizabeth can provide a better estimate once she knows more about your project. If you have size or 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.