Summer Love.

This little portrait is of a sweet couple named Jen and Ryan. They met, fell in love, and had a beautiful waterfront wedding in Port Dover, Ontario- in the heat of July, with all their closest family and friends. The portrait is a watercolor representation of their engagement photo. I was given a really tiny resolution image to work with, so I am grateful I had the chance to meet this couple a few weeks before I made this painting, so I could really see their beautiful faces and feel their love for each other.

It was magic. Real summer love.  I was honored to paint them as a gift from my aunt Mary- Anne who is their parents dear neighbor and a very close friend of Jen's family. I heard the wedding was a blast! 

Congrats Jen and Ryan.
I wish you guys so much love and happiness always and forever.


And Then There Was Three...

I think the first portrait I ever did "for real" was for Lara and Travis. About 3 years ago when I was playing around doing portraits of my friends and family I thought about doing one for them as their wedding gift. Little did I know that their gift would blaze a trail. After marriage, Lara and Travis introduced the most the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen into this world. Just like her parents, she is absolutely gorgeous. Baby Iyla. She has a sparkle in her eye that wee one. Her solo portrait is coming soon!

I was so excited to paint a portrait of this sweet family now of three. As you can see they are just as perfect as can be! Three years sure flew bye fast, Happy Anniversary.

Here are the questions I got Lara to answer for me...

Who is the portrait of?
Its a family photo of myself, my daughter, and my husband.

Why did you choose to get this portrait made?
Marina made me a portrait of my husband and I as a wedding present and I wanted to add to our "Marina" collection with our new bundle for our wedding anniversary.

Is there anything else you would like to share about the photograph or person in the painting?This photo was taken at Suzanne and Alex's wedding and was the first wedding Iyla attended. We had a fabulous time!

How did you hear about Marina’s art?I have known Marina since high school. She has been a very dear friend of my sister and I for many years. She is extremely talented in so many art facets and I am excited to add this family portrait to our "Marina" collection!

Love you Lara and Travis and Little Iyla.
Congrats on your Wedding Anniversary ~ Can't wait to squeeze you in real life.

Alex and Ben.

Love was in the air when I received a message from my old friend Alex, inquiring about a portrait of her and her boyfriend for their 2 year anniversary. She sent a bunch of photos and they were all gorgeous so it was a tough decision, either way I knew it would be a win. Immediately I saw there was something pretty special about the one she ended up choosing. I loved the hip and relaxed vibe of the location in the background and the fact that underneath it all, I could feel their love was exploding behind their designer shades. I sent off the painting to Alex, and knowing that she would be giving Ben the painting for their upcoming anniversary, I waited anxiously to hear the results. Soon enough, I noticed Alex pasted her shiny new engagement ring on facebook and I felt like it was success. Wow! Did he propose because he loved the painting so much? Just kidding...

It turns out he really did love it in the end. Here is the truth revealed in Alex's questionnaire.

Who is the portrait of?

Myself and Ben Darling

Why did you choose to get this portrait made?

I wanted to buy Ben something personal/custom for our two year anniversary… Both of us are a fan of your paintings, and figured it would be fun to have one of the two of us!

Is there anything else you would like to share about the photograph or person in the painting?

It was a special week for the two of us… I surprised him with a painting earlier in the week, and he surprised me with an engagement ring on our anniversary weekend J

How did you hear about Marina's art?

I’ve known Marina since High School, and a few of my friends have paintings by her… I love to purchase artwork, and to support friends in the industry.

Are you happy with the way the painting turned out?

Yes, we are both very happy with the result, and the painting has been placed on our wall.

I was so flattered to get this opportunity to be a lucky part of painting the magic of their love. Timing is everything. Alex summed it up quite nicely too... "Funny where life takes you and who you meet along the way – just happy we found each other when we did"

Congrats you two love birds.
Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and nothing but love and smiles on your journey along the way.


Happily Ever After.

I was asked to paint a wedding gift for this beautiful couple, and when I was given literally hundreds of picture perfect photo's to choose from, something about this shot was magical - I could feel their love so strongly. It's truly amazing when you do not know the couple, but you are so excited to be part of their special day in some way, like a witness of true love. I have a feeling this one is going to be a happily ever after story, and I hope that this painting hangs in your new life as husband and wife together for years to come.

Congratulations Kim and David, I wish you all the love and happiness in the whole world!

Love, Marina.