416-894-7671 Oakville ON

Custom Pencil Artwork that tells your story.

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Artwork galleries

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Order a commissioned portrait

Framing and Display

Framing and Display


Which part of your life has a story worth sharing?

I create hand drawn portraits that inspire you to celebrate a special someone, story, passion or achievement.


 
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By using one or several of your favorite photographs as reference, I bring out the personality and character of your favorite people, pets, passions or achievements.

They become the enhanced focal point of a uniquely original piece of artwork that you have a part in creating.

Each portrait is authentically hand drawn using your good quality digital or printed photographs with a variety of sizes to choose from.

 

The love, passion and energy infused into every portrait brings new life to your favorite images, and help you reconnect to the stories and memories that lie within.

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Portraits can be of any subject matter. If I have a good photograph to work from, I can draw it!


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


 
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"Dear Sarah, Thank you for the beautiful portrait of me and my father. My father is the most important person in my life and you captured the moment perfectly. This portrait brings tears to my eyes every time I look at it, so beautifully done, it's perfection. Sarah you are truly one of the most talented artists I know. Thank you so much, this portrait means so much to me!"  Chantelle Cherry

"Dear Sarah, Thank you for the beautiful portrait of me and my father. My father is the most important person in my life and you captured the moment perfectly. This portrait brings tears to my eyes every time I look at it, so beautifully done, it's perfection. Sarah you are truly one of the most talented artists I know. Thank you so much, this portrait means so much to me!" Chantelle Cherry

 
"Dear Sarah, I wish to thank you for sending me the completed portrait of myself in my early military dress. The task which was requested of you was very challenging. Your ability to piece together my submitted dated photographs and military dress references, was truly creative. The most outstanding rendition in the portrait was your inclusion of characteristic personality, as recognized by my family."  Sincerely, Kenneth Giles

"Dear Sarah, I wish to thank you for sending me the completed portrait of myself in my early military dress. The task which was requested of you was very challenging. Your ability to piece together my submitted dated photographs and military dress references, was truly creative. The most outstanding rendition in the portrait was your inclusion of characteristic personality, as recognized by my family." Sincerely, Kenneth Giles

 


Get started by sending me your good quality high res photos to portraitsbysarah@hotmail.com or send through WeTransfer.

Tell me about your portrait idea!


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I love creating art that helps people connect to what means most.

Hello, I’m Sarah Kelly - portrait artist, photographer; coffee lover, observer. I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil in my hand.

 
 

 
 

While drawing always came naturally, studying fine arts at Sheridan College in Oakville ON was the start of what has become a creative journey. A noted drawing of water ripples in a textbook was a defining and inspiring moment. Seeing a lifelike drawing of water ripples in that textbook sparked the desire within me to study, learn and hone the art of realistic drawing. It has become a lifestyle that I gratefully embrace.

Now with 20 years experience, I have created custom portraits for individuals, businesses and associations, families, newlywed couples, loving pet owners and those with a passion for art expression. Each portrait is created with love in my home studio based in Oakville ON.

I look forward to co-creating an inspiring portrait that tells a story for you.

Sarah