Live Event Painting, Live Wedding Painting in Oil Paints. Baltimore MD.
Live Wedding Reception with Dogs
I painted this, live, for a bride whose dogs were just as important to her family image as her human counterparts. This was a dreamlike rural Maryland wedding with endless doses of sophistication and Southern charm.
Live Wedding Painting at the Hotel DuPont
I painted this live event painting for a bride and groom among a celebratory gathering of great friends. The music was incredible, and my work was photographed and time-lapsed while I worked with a talented team of event planners. The bride and I worked diligently to honor her refined taste in her art collection and home decor. She and I remain close friends.
Fun Family Bat Mitzvah
This beautiful girl was honored by her family at a lovely and tasteful mitzvah. Her theme celebrated her love not only of pink and purple but also of camping, adventure, and following her dreams. The kids loved watching the live event painting unfold, and their parents were mesmerized to see their children dancing together under the canopy of paper lanterns.
Live Painting in the Curtis Center Atrium
The bride and groom celebrated their first dance beneath the signature blast of rose petals, while I captured their embrace and their sea of celebrating guests. The Curtis Center is a beautiful place to wed for many reasons, among them the history of musicianship and cultural finesse. No better place than for a live artist to capture such an affair.
Lehigh Valley Couple Renews Their Vows
I painted this in oils for a couple celebrating their tenth anniversary. Though I wasn't able to be there "live," I captured this for them via photography. It was a warm autumn scene alongside of one of the region's many covered bridges. This was quite fun to paint as I love painting people in the open air during my favorite season.
Live Wedding Painting on a sweeping Connecticutt Lakeside Home
I was asked by the children featured along the railing of this upper deck to paint live for their wedded parents. They had just finished building this lake house and honored their nuptials with lobster and boat rides with their friends, all captured in this oil painting.
Live Oil Painting at the Plaza Hotel
I was honored to capture the wedding of one of the great wedding planners, Angela Lobello (ne Troia) of the Wedding Company. She and her groom danced the night away among celebrating family at the iconic Plaza Hotel. I was perched in the balcony for a wonderful view.
Live Wedding at Gotham Hall
The love story of this bride and groom was evident without words as they embraced during a first dance; tightly surrounded by their bridal party. Gotham Hall was once a bank, and the golden ampitheatre of this space carried the sounds of the piano and tenor sax during an oyster cocktail hour. I was hired as a surprise gift to capture this moment for them to revisit again and again in viewing their painting.
Fall Farm Wedding in Oils
The bride asked me to create this oil painting of her marital embrace as a gift for her mother that would top all gifts! It was wonderful to learn their story and capture their affection while painting this in my studio for her.
Golden Ballroom Oil Painting of a First Dance
I painted this for Sonja DeGoria, a highly professional and talented wedding planner, as I wasn't able to attend live. A studio commission of this kind is a wonderful alternative when I am unable to attend a celebration. This painting was quite small, and I used delicate brushwork to capture the luminescence and detail of the ballroom.
New Hope Wedding Reception at Holly Hedge
This couple celebrating by dancing the night away at Holly Hedge in New Hope, PA. Their son is the break-dancer front and center in this simple rustic room. It was fun to let the guests pick out their family members, easily identifiable throughout the painting.
Live Same-Sex Wedding Painting in Chatham, NJ
These grooms wed after four decades together. I spent the day, as a surprise gift from a family member, studying their breathtaking English garden while the two of them set up for their own celebration. It was one of my favorite experiences because it was their home, and because the amount of love pouring from this intimate group of guests was profound.
New Year's Eve First Dance in Oils
This young handsome couple danced amid a large ring; a huge bridal party and guest attendance made for a warm, dreamy romantic celebration on the last night of the year!
Live Painting at Moonstone Manor, Elizabethtown, PA
The lands surround this majestic manor made for an unforgettable backdrop for this painting I created live for the bride and groom; a gift from the bride's mother.
The owners of the manor and the staff were such a hard-working and fun crowd, and everyone had a wonderful time. Plus, I LOVE painting outdoors at such a place as this.
Painting in a Delaware Vineyard
I created this painting just before a summer storm under the trees at the Nassau Valley Vineyard in Lewes, Delaware. It was an intimate and dreamlike affair, and I carried my supplies and easel indoors for the reception. I do this often to allow guests to continue to watch the painting until it's completion.
Elegant Wedding at the famous Natirar; Morristown, NJ
This was my first live wedding painting; and the bride and groom were an classy couple who married at this candlelit estate. Natirar is a magical place with endless wooden hallways and stone terraces overlooking the northern New Jersey hills.
Rustic Pennsylvania Countryside Wedding at Linwood Estates
The bride and groom were surrounded by summer-dressed family and friends, pictures of generations of wedded ancestors, and a beautiful twilight. I painted their warmth in this simple rustic chic ballroom on the edge of the farm.
Live Painting of a Long Island Wedding; Temple Emanuel
This couple wed in the temple ballroom full of familiar guests who partied the night away in elegance until 2am. The videographer captured my work in a time lapse which can be viewed on this website.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort Wedding Celebration
After raising two children together, a doctor and a sensei married in this bright ski lodge at Bear Creek Resort in Southeastern PA. Though the wedding was intended for outdoors, the planners and celebrants alike made the new form of the celebration magical indoors! Moving poems, speeches, family dances, and two little honoree dogs made this an unforgettable affair to capture in oils.
Capturing the Big FIRST KISS at the Metropolitan Club
Poised on an adjacent balcony overlooking a field of black tie guests, I painted the grand entrance and first kiss of the bride and groom at the Metropolitan Club in NYC. I cannot say enough about this experience. The venue and staff are impeccable, and I found this to be an exciting challenge as a painter. The marble and streaming red carpeting were the perfect elements to explore with such a timeless medium as oil paint. What better way to document this kind of a romantic moment than with the most romantic form of portraiture!
Boca Raton Bride and Groom
The lawns and palms were green as only a Florida golf club could be as the bride and groom enjoyed gentle breezes in this late Spring wedding over Mother's Day weekend. I love to travel anywhere to paint, to explore new terrains and tones, and to learn new stories. This couple was hard-working in their plans for their big night, and I was honored to be such a big part of this experience.
Honoring a Gentlemen on his Ninetieth Birthday
It was incredible to position my easel among other textural oil paintings in the Main Line Art Center in Malvern, PA. More incredible was the poise of this 90th birthday honoree and his wife, among a beautiful family and devoted friends. While I painted, I listened to live accordion, watched a heart-warming family montage, and took in the life and light of this story and this creative setting.
Wedding at the Farm on Old Capital Trail in Delaware
A hockey player groom and his friends welcomed an exceptionally beautiful bride down this summer lane. I painted in the peaceful Delaware afternoon as the chairs were arranged, capturing the range of greens in the diverse yard of trees before the big moment you see here.
She Said "YES!" and I Painted It.
A young man called me and asked if I would capture his proposal of marriage in oils. We spoke many times about the details; location, timing, elements. It was freezing and windy, and a crew of NYC workers were adoring the holiday tree with cherry-pickers. When I told them of our plans they worked together to clear the area solely in support of this marriage proposal. It was a true New York moment, when he got onto his knee and the workers, a secretly planted floutist (hired to play traditional Indian ballads), and me (also seemingly an un-planned painting bystander - as you can get away with this in Washington Square Park) all waited for the big "yes!" Later, I brought the painting to the surprise of the lucky gal at a celebratory dinner. I finished the painting as they watched me sign my work.
Live Painting at Cipriani's on 42nd Street
This was quite a wedding! I was perched on a high stage beside a fabulous band and alongside of oysters, sushi, and a massive papparazzi press wall made of white roses.
Intimate Chic Wedding at the Hotel Monaco; Philadelphia, PA
I created this painting during a brief, lovely evening in Philadelphia at the boho-modern boutique hotel called Hotel Monaco in Philly.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church Studio Painting
This is one of two paintings in a series depicting the wedding of a young, hard-working couple. The groom and I worked diligently, sharing the vision and plans leading up to the creation of these gifts for his bride. Working the stained glass vividly against the purity of the ivory marble tones was an exciting challenge.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church Wedding in Philadelphia
This is the second of a diptych (two parts to a series) of paintings depicting this couple being wed in this pristine church. I was asked to combine elements from a series of photographs, so in this case, I added the form of the organ to draw the viewers eye along the line of attendees to the altar where the bride and groom are framed.
Wedding on a Family Farm in Central PA
I drove down a pastoral lane leaving a mountain ridge behind me and arrived at this family farm owned by two professors at Penn State University. I set up my easel beyond a bridge over a stream by the horse pasture and witnessed the vows recited by a young couple at a home where they'd spent their first days, months and years together. Painting here was peaceful, in the way of plein air of the old masters.
A Sea of Smiling Faces
The bride and groom brought in the New Year by bringing their closest friends and family together, of all ages, to celebrate their nuptials. This wedding at the Westin in Philadelphia, was quite a party; the music and cocktails poured forth late in to the night.
Posh Wedding at the Rittenhouse Hotel; Philadelphia, PA
The playfulness and warmth of the bride was infectious at this Rittenhouse affair. The room had been transformed from the ceremony space to this party scene, and I remained at my easel documenting the gowns, the playful dancing, and the guests becoming acquainted at the many tables. I enjoy making a room feel full of life, and this was a great reception to explore this look.
Fireside Vows at Holly Hedge; New Hope, PA
The Holly Hedge Estate offers a variety of settings; both indoors and out, in which to stage a wedding. This second time painting at Holly Hedge I was perched on a balcony overlooking the vows spoken by a young couple. The groom and his men wore chucks, the bride was slender and fun. After the sun set and the embers died down, the reception unfolded in the banquet hall where some great dancing took place, and I continued this painting as guests looked on.
Rumsford Country Club Wedding Painting
The bride and groom in this wedding were so welcoming to me, and the ocean-side setting, viewed through large bay doors all around the ballroom, was picturesque. It was a pleasure to be the wedding painter for their celebration.
Diner En Blanc
I had the immense honor of painting at this Diner En Blanc in Washington, DC. All the guests dressed in white, and dined in the open air along the harbor. I can't think of a more interesting or illustrious event to commemorate as a live event painter.
Hora in Live Oils
The Hora is such a beautiful tradition for all present, especially when the band sings with great passion and the couple are blushing with the fact that it's their turn up there on the chairs! I'm always super excited and have to put down my brush to watch as everyone cheers and raises the couple! Of course, then I need to get right back to it to capture this on canvas as it is happening.
Wedding Ceremony at The Downtown Club, Philadelphia
I was asked to paint at this ceremony as a surprise gift. The rabbi was so moved by my presence that he incorporated allusions to painting in his sermon. He created a beautiful analogy between the creative expression of painting and the emotional possibilities of love.
Laura Troia of The Wedding Company weds at the Garden City Hotel in Long Island
Laura and Michael embraced in the gilded Grand Ballroom in the Garden City Hotel in Long Island during their elegant black tie affair, and I was situated to paint on a stage opposite their sweetheart table dais. Oil paint captures the light and the opulence of such a venue as this... if only I could have captured their decadent and delicious Viennese hour and their ice cream truck that rolled up to give departing guests a little treat on their way out.
Southeastern Asian Wedding Reception
This wedding blew me away with the carved watermelon with the bride and groom's names, the silken wings of the dancers hired to entertain guests, and the unmatched beauty of both the bride and groom. I felt like I was looking at the top tier celebrities in an epic Bollywood film, so extreme was their shared beauty and style. That said, getting to capture their colorful and lively affair in oils was sheer bliss. I even got to take a quick break and dance for a song or two!
First Anniversary Picnic at Linwood Estate
Adrienne asked me to return to the beautiful grounds of the Linwood Estate to create, en plein air, a painting of their elegant and romantic surprise first wedding anniversary picnic. The mother of the groom set up cake, champagne, ornately-wrapped gifts, and more personal and pastoral elements celebrating the story of this couple. I set up hours before their arrival as a surprise gift from the bride to the groom, and welcomed them with their painting. All of the unabashed romance aside, it was wonderful to return to this place of their nuptials and set up my easel on this beautiful lawn.
New Year's Eve Toast
On New Year's Eve of 2016/17 I perched my easel along of row of windows and watched the lights of New Hope glow across the Delaware River as the celebrants of this couple entered a room built to feature the view of the night. The feeling of fireworks and sounds of champagne corks rang through the night and my memory, as did the impact the changing and evolving painting, done live, had on guests.
The Kaaterskill in the Catskills, NY
This painting is formatted at 18"x36," and I couldn't have considered a better setting to use this panoramic canvas. All day I absorbed the rays of the bucolic New York sun to feature a bride and groom who snuck away for an embrace (wow were they in love), and guests strolled about the grounds beside the Red Barn and the Pondhouse. The lands are owned by and touched by the best artists of our continent, and so I was an artist among them on hallowed grounds.
The Red Barn at the Kaaterskill
This is a detail of the wedding reception painting panorama at The Kaaterskill I captured from across a big lily padded pong, where the bride and groom snuck into the shadow of the barn to embrace.
Corporate Party at PAFA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which we locals call PAFA, has countless galleries, halls, and stairwells, all of which feature incredible works of art. It's really lucky that they open these spaces up to celebrants, and this night I was hired to capture a lively corporate party. The CEO is from Mexico and was surprised with a primo Mariachi band whose songs many of the guests sang along to with great gusto.
Maryland Wedding Ceremony
The backdrop for the bride and groom was a steamy and radiant Summer arboretum in Maryland. The guests were a captive audience to the beautiful vows before being delivered rich foods and dancing in the same modern space. The venue was the peaceful Cylburn Arboretum at the Vollmer Center. I need to stress that I LOVE painting in Maryland! Everyone is amazingly warm, kind, and full of playfulness amid extreme professionalism.
Long Island Wedding in Gold and Garnet
Not to make reference to Florida State with the "gold and garnet" but the tones of this room were reminiscent of a regal and rich color palette. This groom gifted this live painting to his bride, who was elegant in her strapless gown and red lips during their lively first dance.
Wedding in Lehigh Valley at the Glasbern
I love the Glasbern, so when I was hired by a family in the Lehigh Valley I was thrilled! The Glasbern is a farm, a series of secret berry-lined paths, a sexy inn, a restaurant, and a venue for limitless events. I captured this autumn wedding in oils through the night in a renovated barn space for a couple who were elated with their new work of art.
Wintergreen at McLoone's Pier House
I spied Melissa and Shawn on the sand outside of McCloone's Pier House as they spoke their vows. Then they came up into the lofted space to dance among their young and playful bridal party and family and friends while I captured their wonderful night. They were ecstatic with the painting in how it tied (I almost typed "tide"!) the ocean view with their celebration in the upstairs loft space of the pier house.
Indian Wedding Ceremony in Princeton, NJ
Colorful Sari's, a charmingly funny groom and his playful and gorgeous bride, and insanely delicious food to follow made painting this beautiful Indian wedding ceremony such a great pleasure in Princeton.
Ballroom at the Ben Wedding Painting
Children, loved ones, special family stories all played a huge part in this Ballroom at the Ben. The detail of this room and glamour of the nouveau chandeliers had me turn the canvas on its end for a portrait format to keep the movement of the night alive.
Naninas in the Park in Gold Tones
The couple wanted to feature the bridal party looking on as they embraced on the mezzanine. The atrium brought subtle blue light into an otherwise warm and golden room as I painted by their side.