The beautiful thing about original artwork is the uniqueness and creativity that each individual piece holds.

Hello, I'm Sarah Kelly.  Portrait artist, photographer, southpaw, coffee lover. Seeker of spiritual truths, observer, dreamer. A dreamer who draws realism...ha! Drawing has always come as a natural ability for me. My desire to learn the art of realistic drawing took hold while studying fine arts at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON.  A realistic drawing of water ripples in a textbook - a defining, and inspiring moment.

Since then, many hours of observation and practice led me to develop and continue creating in the art of realistic drawing. I discovered that going back to what came naturally was the best path for me to follow as an artist. I love creating art that helps people connect to what means most.

Since 2005 I have been creating custom portraits for individuals, businesses and associations, families, newlywed couples, husbands, wives and loving pet owners.  Each portrait is joyfully created with love in my home studio based in Oakville, ON. It is my loving intention to use my gifts to create art that inspire, connect, and fuel the passions for the things in life that feed your heart and soul.

A little bit of your heart and soul go into each portrait. A whole lot of passion, creativity and love go into each one.

Pencil Portraits start with your memorable and favorite photos.

Portraits can be drawn with as much detail as you like and can be created from one or a few reference photos as needed. The best reference photos are ones that clearly show the subject of your portrait with as many details as possible. High resolution images are best for me to work from.

The clearer your photo is, the better a completed portrait will look. If reference photos are not clearly in focus I cannot see (and draw) what you already know.

Photo quality is important. It's important that details like eyes remain clear in a photo when zooming in on a computer, tablet or phone screen. (For portrait requests using older photo/s, it's possible to create a memorable portrait.)

A good reference photo will make the difference between a good portrait, and a GREAT portrait.

Close ups are good!


I can help with photo creation. I'm also a portrait photographer. 

Schedule a photo session with me to have some new updated photos of your favorite people, pets or prized possessions, to be used as a reference photo for a pencil portrait, or just because.


Ideas for a portrait:

  • A wedding gift for your loving partner, daughter, sister, or cousin.
  • An In Memoriam or Celebration of Life cherished piece of a loved family member, friend or loved one.
  • Favorite animals and beloved pets!
  • A milestone birthday or anniversary gift that will leave memorable impressions by all who witnessed the occasion.
  • Collections and Hall of Fame displays for impressing and rewarding your valued associates at award ceremonies and presentations.
  • Unique collections for your corporation or association that proudly showcase your history and success over the years.
  • Your prized car, childhood home, or other subject of sentimental meaning for you or others.


With proper care, finished portraits are treasured pieces that will last a lifetime and longer.

  • Recreate your original portrait with every detail intact, on fine art paper, canvas or acrylic.
  • Be earth friendly with Eco-friendly prints available on bamboo and sugar cane fine art papers.
  • Impressively display your artwork with professional framing, a service I provide for your completed portrait.
  • Include striking name plates for your completed portrait when choosing framing options.


I highly recommend having your completed portrait professionally custom framed. Besides giving your portrait a stunning appearance in a frame, professionally framed portraits will protect and ensure the life of your portrait. 

I've partnered with Peachtree Gallery in Oakville, ON who offers me a fantastic rate so that I in turn can offer you fantastic framing at a great price. When you choose to have your portrait framed through me, I go through the entire process to have it beautifully framed, from drop off to pick up, and hand delivered to you.


Fine Art paper prints:

Prints of your original portrait can easily be created for you. Choose from traditional fine art papers, or eco friendly fine art papers.

Canvas Wraps:

Some portraits make excellent recreation prints when printed on canvas. The image is printed into fine art canvas, then wrapped around a wood frame that is ready to hang and display. They can be additionally framed for a stunning impression.

Acrylic Prints:

Depending on the subject matter of your portrait, acrylic prints can add an impressive punch to display as a recreation print. The digital image of your portrait is printed onto a thick piece of clear acrylic and then mounted on the back so they are ready to hang and display in your home or office.

Custom Cards:

If you need thank you cards for a special occasion or want to share the image of your portrait as a card with a personal hand written note inside, a custom set can be created especially for you.


"Dear Sarah, my family and I would like to thank you for the amazing portrait of Karen. You captured her beauty and soul. It was a pleasure working with an artist that cares about details and perfection. I recommend everyone to have Sarah draw a portrait of your special someone, so they may live on through her work and in your hearts." Gord Kerr



Send me your portrait idea and favorite photo/s to for your initial inquiry. I'll offer you advice and guide you through the process to have your portrait created.