This is a fair question- really! What I make is a digital painting of the home that includes a decorative treatment of the address. This digital painting does look a lot like a "real" painting, a water color with ink lines, because essentially that's what it is! The artwork is completely drawn and painted from a blank sheet on the computer instead of a piece of paper. There is no filter, effect, or magic button- it's all drawn and painted by me.
I started House Portraits By Ellen in 2005 after working many years in the entertainment and video games industries. The idea grew out of a desire to work from home with individual clients, a great affection for architecture and perhaps most, from the joy of owning and decorating my own home.
Market research for the business was rather informal. I looked around and didn't see anyone else creating the kind of portraits I had in mind, so I hoped that there was room for something new. There was and I am grateful to all the kind, creative, loyal and fun clients who've made this business successful. I've created portraits of homes, churches, offices, public buildings, parks, landmarks, projected constructions, shopping centers and redevelopment projects. While my work is done primarily on homes in the Southern California region, I have enjoyed creating portraits of homes across the United States, as well as in Europe and South America.
My goal is to make a beautiful, specific portrait of each home. My business creed is that the portrait is done when my client is happy.
I welcome your inquiries. Please keep in mind that I live in the Pacific Time Zone - emails at any hour are great.