Commissioning a Painting or a Book

Miranda’s study in lens and brush of my late parents’ farm has arrived! We are thrilled with this heirloom book and accompanying paintings. - E. Michaelson

I love doing commissioned work, and have made illustrated books as well as portraits of animals, houses and landscapes for clients.  Please contact me directly at 617.519.3380 or to discuss your project.  

Gift Certificates: Give a gift voucher for a commissioned portrait for the holidays, birthday or anniversary. This is a wonderful gift because the recipient can choose their favorite photos for the basis of the portrait. Please contact me for a gift card.

Commissioned Paintings: 

Pets: If you are interested in ordering a custom pet portrait, all I need to get started is a few photos of your pet, preferably in natural light (outdoors, but not with strong shadows) and high resolution with the eyes in strong focus. Before starting a painting, I always like to know as much about your animal companion's personality and what you find most endearing.

Houses: Please send a few photos that I can work from that show as much detail as possible.

Pricing and Sizes - all with free shipping in the U.S.:

6"x 8" watercolor - head and shoulders (of one pet)   $175

with option to add a white matte $185

8”x10” watercolor -    $300

with option to add a white matte  $325

12"x18" watercolor - full body option with 16x20 white matte  $400


I enjoy working with to do framing of my originals and prints. You can choose the style of frame you’d like and they will ship you a box where you can send them your new painting and they will frame and send it back to you for free shipping. They do excellent work.



Books: I currently make customized books that can combine photography with illustration and painting, as well as texts of your choice. The above gallery shows several of the illustrated letters which I made to fit the first letter of poems chosen by a client.