Nice things my clients have said about my work


dee_testimonial_smOur 25th anniversary was approaching and we wanted a painting less formal then the 1980’s silly staged photos taken at our wedding. We asked Barb what she thought. She suggested we go through our candid photos of the day and we choose one we call “the Kiss”. I know this sounds corny, but every time I look at that painting I feel love. I do not know how she did that but I just love having it in my home. Thank you Barb, we love it!

-Diana Johnson


I had a rough idea of what I wanted to surprise my husband with. After a brief explanation, Barb grasped what I had in mind and then suggested an additional idea that completely captured my vision and went beyond what I could imagine on my own. She was a great sport in helping keep it a surprise for my husband while letting us watch as it evolved. The finished product is incredible. It captures my husband and son exactly and it now hangs in our living room where everyone comments on how amazing it is.   We are blown away.

-Emelie Kallen


I’ve had many pictures made of my dogs but none have been quite as fun as the portrait Barb painted of them.   She managed not only to capture their expressions but their playful spirit as well.   I hung it up where I can see it everyday because it makes me smile everyday, just like my pups do.

-Kim Rachmeler


I wanted a completely unique and enduring gift for my husband to mark our 10th wedding anniversary and Barbara’s portrait of our family was perfect. We could not be happier with the finished product. It was a joy to work with Barbara to create the portrait – she is thoughtful, creative and patient and sat through my daughter’s many wardrobe changes without blinking an eye. Thank you Barb!

-Tara Conklin


You know what I would like to say about our portrait? I want others to know how much we love having had this family portrait painted. What separates it from traditional portraits is its playful, relaxed, and humorous nature. It’s who we really are, oversized and hopelessly irreverent. Our portrait is something special, something that captures our family on that day at that time in our lives, being who we really are.

Contrived faux-editorial photos that are so ubiquitous say nothing other than we are props in tight clothes to be posed by formula. Our portrait invites you in on our private family joke where we are caught being ourselves. I dare Singer Sargent to have once put a chicken and a viking helmet in his portraits. What a missed opportunity. What a loser.

-Christine Hoffer


The portrait is more breath-taking than I could imagine! My mom was so shocked and thrilled to share in the unveiling. Thanks for all your help, advice, and patience with my questions, and for making a lower quality photo into a beautiful work of art! We will treasure it forever.

-Jennifer Clark Drew