LOVE NOTES

LOVE NOTES 2018-05-15T18:00:35+00:00

Reviews of pet portraits, bridal bouquets and modern art commissions.

PET PORTRAITS

“She loved it! It looks pretty realistic. Thank you, and I loved following along the process.”

G.M. of California
Gave ‘Pashy’s Pet Portrait’ to his girlfriend as a moving-in present

“I can almost reach out and touch him. It looks just like him.”

K.B. of Virginia
Honored Archie with a pet portrait after 18 years of friendship

“Thank you Erica for everything. Your extraordinary talent and your extraordinary heart.”

M.S. of Maryland
Gave a portrait to her best friend as a surprise 50th birthday present
Repeat customer

“It’s wonderful! Oh my gosh I can’t quit looking at it. It’s so beautiful. There’s so much meaning behind this portrait. And so many stories about this dog and my parents. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world!”

M.T. of Virginia
Gave “Billy’s Portrait” to his mom as a surprise birthday present
“My husband absolutely loves the paintings! We love them so much, they look exactly like our cats down to the details such as freckles on our orange cat. We’re beyond excited to have them hanging in our home and thankful for your incredible work!”
E.H. of Virginia
Surprised her husband with portraits of their two cats for Christmas
Repeat customer

“OMG!!! They’re amazing!! I’m so so excited I could cry”

“I can’t tell you how much we’ve enjoyed having their paintings in our family room where they are prominently displayed. We get so many compliments from everyone who sees them.”

M.S. of Maryland
Commissioned portraits of her two dogs to hang together
Repeat customer

“I commissioned the portrait of my beautiful 3 year old Elsa right after we found out she had cancer. The painting hangs in our family room and is seen by my family every day, several times a day. It brings me so much happiness, so much more than I would ever realize. It makes me smile and happy, rather than sad which happens when I look at photos. Erica’s heart comes through in her work and I feel it every time I look at Elsa.”

M.S. of Maryland, a repeat customer who commissioned Elsa's portrait after to honor her life

“I just wanted to say how much I love the portrait of Macbeth. Thank you so much for capturing her perfectly. It’s stunning. It’s been great for the whole family to have it. My daughter was 10 months when our cat passed away, and she still remembers her three years later. The portrait helps us to continue to remember her and keep her close to our hearts. It makes us smile every time we see it.”

J.D. of Georgia, a repeat customer who honored her cat with a portrait after 18 years of friendship

“He looks amazing!”

E.M. of Florida, who commissioned a portrait of her dog

“What really strikes me in person is the subtlety of how the various brush strokes make up her coat. It really brings home the artistry of your painting ability… there’s something almost intangible about having the original in your possession.”

S.T. of Texas, who commissioned a portrait of her cat

“My mom was beyond thrilled, she was floored!”

A.H. of Delaware, who commissioned a portrait of her mom's dog as a gift

“I keep sitting down to tell you how much I love it — but there really aren’t words. You did a beautiful job.”

C.G. of Virginia, who received a portrait in memorial of her dog from her mom

“Best birthday gift ever!”

Meredith of Massachusetts , who received a portrait of her dog as a 50th birthday as a surprise from her best friend

“I appreciated that Erica took the time to learn about Macbeth before starting. I feel like she was really able to capture her essence. I loved being able to see the progress, but photos don’t do it justice — opening the shipping box and seeing the finished piece in person was incredible.”

J.D. of Georgia, who commissioned a portrait of her cat after 18 years of friendship

“He loved it! He was sooooo happy and still says it was the only thing he wanted for his birthday. Whenever we come home and he passes it he always says “Hi Buddy”. Thanks so much for not only your talent but giving us such a special gift!”

A.F. of Virginia, who commissioned this as a birthday gift to her husband to remember his dog by

“My husband absolutely loves the paintings! He was amazed that you were able to take our all black cat and give her so many features. We love them so much. We’re beyond excited to have them hanging in our home and thankful for your incredible work!”

E.H. of Virginia
Surprised her husband with portraits of their two cats for Christmas
Repeat customer

“I immediately burst into tears. This exact likeness of my baby girl is I think one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. I’ll treasure it always.”

M.L. of Virginia
Received a portrait from her husband for Christmas

“The details are amazing and it looks exactly like Olive, right down to the asymmetrical pattern on her nose and lines on her face. We’ll enjoy this painting for decades to come! Working with Erica was an easy and enjoyable process. I appreciated her attention to detail, advice and consultation with me during the creation. I couldn’t be happier with the end product. Thank you, Erica!”

B.L. of Virginia
Commissioned a portrait of her dog

“Jax’ and Mosby’s portraits look quite adorable with their side by side brother portraits. Erica does great work – she really captures the dogs’ expressions. And we like her personally. She’s great.”

S.K of Virginia
Commissioned portraits of her daughter’s dogs as surprise gifts
Repeat customer
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“At 130 lbs, Sugar Bear has been a regal and intimidating personality. Erica has perfectly reflected the kind and imposing nature of this gentle giant. This portrait thrones over our family room and brings back fond memories of this departed member of our family.”

J.G. of Virginia
Surprised his wife with three portraits of their dogs for her birthday
Repeat customer

“This piece is a remarkable likeness of our beloved Boomer. The painting truly reflects his playful nature while capturing his serious side as the ruling ‘Alpha’ dog of the family.”

J.G. of Virginia
Surprised his wife with three portraits of their dogs for her birthday
Repeat customer

“Erica has superbly captured the impish nature of Lexie’s personality. The life-like appearance of this painting is a great testimonial to Erica’s talent and attention to every detail.”

J.G of Virginia, a repeat customer who commissioned three portraits of their dogs for his wife's birthday

“The painting is beautiful and you captured him perfectly. My daughter and I both teared up when we saw it. My husband loved it! Thank you so much for a gorgeous painting! You did such an amazing job capturing the life and innocence in his young eyes. Both my husband and I thank you so much!”

A.K. of Virginia, who surprised her husband for Christmas with a portrait of his beloved boxer

“It is wonderful, as all of the ones you have painted for me of my 5 pets! I will treasure this one forever. Your talent never fails to amaze!”

P.B. of Indiana, a repeat customer who commissioned this in memory of her dog

“You’re able to convey the soul of the animal. Amazing. Simply amazing. You have a gift.”

P.B. of Indiana, a repeat customer who commissioned this in memory of her dog

“I think it’s perfect! Blown away!”

P.B. of Indiana, a repeat customer who commissioned a portrait of her cat

“It’s even more gorgeous in person. I absolutely adore it. You’re first-class all the way!”

P.B. of Indiana, a repeat customer who commissioned a portrait of her cat

“OMG I love it. It brought tears to my eyes. I can ‘feel’ the fur just by looking at the painting. We’ll cherish his forever.”

L.M. of North Carolina, who commissioned a portrait for her mom in honor of her dog

“Thank you so very much for the best gift I have ever received. Although Cocoa has been gone for almost two years now, your art brought her to life. Thanks so much and bless you always.”

D.W. of Maryland, the recipient of a portrait of her beloved dog

“Oh, the painting is so wonderful! I’m so moved when I see how beautifully you’ve captured her. You’re so talented. My husband loved his gift and we’re so happy to view it every day in our home.”

M.D. of Sweden, who commissioned a portrait of her dog as a surprise gift for her husband

“I love it! It looks exactly like him, and you’ve captured him perfectly! My parents, and especially my Dad, were absolutely thrilled with my Christmas gift. He hung it up in the living room right away so that everyone who came to the house could see it. We all love Dos so much and this portrait is such a nice way to honor how much joy he brings to our family. I can’t thank you enough!”

L.W. of Virginia
Surprised her parents with a portrait of the family dog

“You’ve captured the face that I know and love! It’s lovely.”

Two years later: “I love the painting, it’s part of my shrine and I look at it all the time.”

C.B. of Maryland
Honored his beloved dog with a portrait after her passing

“Wow, I’m so impressed by your talent! It looks fantastic. I know my wife will love it.”

D.P. of Virginia
Surprised his wife with a portrait of their dog for Christmas
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“The portrait that Erica created of Daisy brought tears to my mother’s eyes. It is so perfect! She captured every detail down to each individual whisker, and more importantly, Daisy’s sweet personality. It made the perfect gift for my mom, and my sisters and I are so glad we did this for her. It felt so great to see her face opening the painting! Thank you, Erica!”

R.D. of Virginia
Surprised her mother with a gift certificate to a portrait of her dog for Christmas

“This portrait means more to me than words can say. Thank you so much for capturing his essence and his joyful way in this painting.”

D.B. of Virginia
Surprised her husband with a portrait of his beloved dog for his birthday
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“It’s soooo good!! It looks just like him. We all absolutely love it.”

J.S. of Virginia
Surprised her fiance with a portrait of his favorite dog for his birthday

“I wish you could have seen the look on my in-laws’ faces when they unwrapped Bella’s portrait! They could get over how perfectly you captured her personality. The perfect gift!”

A.H. of Delaware, a repeat customer who surprised her mother-in-law with a portrait of her dog as a birthday gift

“When my husband opened his surprise birthday gift, he was absolutely blown away! I can’t recommend Erica enough. If you ridiculously love your pet, you must get one of these.”

L.C. of Maryland, who surprised her husband for his birthday with a portrait of their cat

“Thank you SO MUCH for my portrait of Mosby. I couldn’t be more thrilled. You did such a wonderful job capturing Mosby’s sweet and funny nature. I will treasure this forever.”

A.K. of Virginia, a recipient who received a portrait of her dog from her mom for Christmas

“It’s so perfect it looks like a photograph. Beautiful!”

L.M. of Texas, who commissioned a portrait of his dog

“It’s stunning!”

M.L. of Virginia, who commissioned a portrait of her husband's dog who had passed away for his birthday

“Very impressed with your work. Love it, love it, love it!”

W.C. of Virginia, who commissioned a portrait of their dog

“We can’t tell you how delighted we’re with the portrait. You really captured him perfectly. We’ll forever treasure it. He’ll hang on the wall with the rest of the family. Thank you so very much!”

C.C. of Pennsylvania, who commissioned a portrait in honor their dog

“Oh my goodness! You’ve completely captured his happy-go-lucky personality! I’m blown away. It’s funny when you see other’s beautiful paintings of their pets — but when it’s yours it’s just remarkable how you capture the personality on canvas!”

L.F. of Virginia, who gave a portrait of their dog as a Valentine's Day gift to her husband

“It’s identical to her! The painting captures her mischievous yet charming nature.”

L.D. of Virginia, who commissioned a portrait of her dog for her gallery wall

“The painting is everything I expected. When my husband opened it we both had tears in our eyes. The painting really comes alive. Your work is gorgeous.”

K.S. of Indiana, who surprised her husband for his birthday with a portrait in honor of his beloved dog

BRIDAL BOUQUETS

“Every day when I look at it, it takes me back to one of the happiest days of my life. I adored my bridal bouquet and long searched for special way to memorialize it. My painting surpassed all expectations. Erica captured my bouquet down to every last petal and matched the brilliant red I remembered.”

J.D. of Georgia
Commissioned a portrait of her bridal bouquet for her 5th wedding anniversary
Repeat customer

“Wow looks fantastic!!!!!! She’s going to LOVE it.”

D.M. of Virginia
Commissioned a wedding keepsake as a birthday gift to her best friend who had gotten married the previous year
Repeat customer

“The painting is absolutely stunning! We both had tears in our eyes when I opened it. I’ve always wanted a piece by you but never would have dreamed that my husband would ever commission one for me. What a huge surprise! It’s amazingly beautiful and the background color is just perfect. A huge thank you.”

L.B. of Sweden
The surprise recipient of a portrait of her wedding bouquet from her husband for their 5 year anniversary
Repeat customer

“The painting is AMAZING! I can’t thank you enough! I know how much love and talent went into this project and I am so excited to have such a special gift for my daughter-in-law! She is going to cherish this, I know!”

J.S. of Virginia
Commissioned by the mother-in-law for her daughter-in-law as a bridal shower gift

“Ever since I first saw Erica’s wedding bouquets I secretly hoped that my husband would have her paint my bouquet one day. For our five year wedding anniversary this year he gave me a card letting me know that’s exactly what he had done. I was thrilled. When it was time to see the finished painting I was amazed, it was absolutely perfect and just as beautiful as my real bouquet on the day we got married.”

S.A. of Virginia
Received a gift certificate for painting from her husband as a 5 year anniversary gift

“Thank you so much for your amazing work. The painting is absolutely gorgeous and it’s almost 3D – the flowers just pop off of the canvas. My wife was ecstatic and we’re so thrilled we can’t wait to commission another piece.”

E.S. of Washington
Gave his wife a portrait of her wedding bouquet on their first anniversary

“Erica, I cannot describe what it means to me! I love your work and I love flowers so my bridal bouquet was extra special to me and to have a painting of it which captures it so exactly and which I can look at forever is amazing. It’s a very special and personal gift which I’ll treasure forever.” 

D.H. of Northern Ireland, the wife who received the painting on their 1st wedding anniversary

“We absolutely love it! It’s perfect! Nancy loved it! It brought tears to her eyes. She was blown away by its elegance and beauty! She loved that it was so personal and sentimental. She said she couldn’t believe we had done this for her. Thank you for creating such a magical experience for her 70th birthday!”

P.M. of Virginia, who gave this to his mother on her 70th birthday

“We’re both absolutely blown away every time we look at the painting. You really did a fantastic job, it looks exactly like her bouquet. We’re so happy we will have this to display in our home for years and years!”

S.P. of Colorado, who gave a bridal bouquet to his wife as a Christmas gift

“The painting looks wonderful!! It looks even better than I thought it would!”

S.L. of Virginia, who commissioned a painting of her bridal bouquet as a keepsake

“I am so proud to have my bridal bouquet done as a painting by you. It is absolutely wonderful. What a romantic Valentine’s Day surprise from my husband!”

C.E. of Virginia, who received a painting of her bridal bouquet from her husband on Valentine's Day

“The painting is so perfect and so “us”! A true work of art, and our very first piece of art…thank you for sharing your talent with us!”

M.C. of New York, who received a painting as a bridal shower gift from her friend

“I have to say I was speechless for a minute. It’s quite honestly the most perfect and beautiful painting ever… Really making me think of all the good memories from my wedding day!”

D.H. of Northern Ireland, who gave a painting of his wife's bouquet as a 1st year anniversary gift

“The painting is exceptional! Thank you so much Erica. This is a memory for life and our mom said it was the best gift she has ever received. I will never forget her reaction when she opened it – truly magic.”

A.V.P. of Sweden, who honored her parents 40th wedding anniversary with a painting of their wedding bouquet

“It looks great!!”

K.K. of Florida, who received a gift certificate for a bridal bouquet painting from wedding guests
“It looks amazing! I just wanted to say thank you again, you were wonderful to work with and I’m so happy to have this as a reminder of our wedding day.”
J.H. of Kentucky, who commissioned a painting of her bouquet as a keepsake

“It’s stunning. Bouquets are one of the one thing from weddings that are so easily lost and this painting not only preserves the memory, but showcases the true beauty and elegance it represented on my wedding day. I can’t thank Erica enough for the time and effort she invested in this painting. She is an extremely talented artist, and a caring and thoughtful person.”

D.M. of Virginia
Commissioned to preserve her wedding bouquet
Repeat customer

“It looks beautiful! You do such great work, and a painting is such a great memento to have because I loved my bouquet so much. I love your work so much I ordered my best friend one for her wedding, too!”

L.C. of New York
Commissioned a painting to preserve her wedding bouquet
Repeat customer

“The painting is absolutely stunning! We both had tears in our eyes when I opened it. I’ve always wanted a piece by you but never would have dreamed that my husband would ever commission one for me. What a huge surprise! It’s amazingly beautiful and the background color is just perfect. A huge thank you.”

L.B. of Sweden
The surprise recipient of a portrait of her wedding bouquet from her husband for their 5 year anniversary
Repeat customer

“The painting is AMAZING! I can’t thank you enough! I know how much love and talent went into this project and I am so excited to have such a special gift for my daughter-in-law! She is going to cherish this, I know!”

J.S. of Virginia
Commissioned by the mother-in-law for her daughter-in-law as a bridal shower gift

“Ever since I first saw Erica’s wedding bouquets I secretly hoped that my husband would have her paint my bouquet one day. For our five year wedding anniversary this year he gave me a card letting me know that’s exactly what he had done. I was thrilled. When it was time to see the finished painting I was amazed, it was absolutely perfect and just as beautiful as my real bouquet on the day we got married.”

S.A. of Virginia
Received a gift certificate for painting from her husband as a 5 year anniversary gift

“Thank you so much for your amazing work. The painting is absolutely gorgeous and it’s almost 3D – the flowers just pop off of the canvas. My wife was ecstatic and we’re so thrilled we can’t wait to commission another piece.”

E.S. of Washington
Gave his wife a portrait of her wedding bouquet on their first anniversary

MODERN ART

“The painting is stunning. I love it! Thank you so much.”

L.W. of New Zealand
Commissioned a painting of her favorite flower, a white orchid

“We love, love, love it!”

J.B. of Virginia
Received a commission as a birthday gift

“The painting looks incredible on our wall Erica. You did a beautiful job and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

E.W. of Virginia, a repeat customer who commissioned a large sunflower stretched over 4 canvases

“It is even more amazing than I had imagined. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. It’s so soft and light looking. You truly have a talent.”

L.I. of Maryland

“It’s even more lovely in person. Really, thank you so much. We’re lucky to have worked with you.”

A.M. of Kansas

“It is BEAUTIFUL!! Your work is truly one of a kind! The painting is a hit with the family! Everyone loves your use of bold colors, and my daughter said that the painting makes her happy!”

G.L. of Virginia

“I truly love it. Thank you so much. I have put in near my desk so I can see it all day as I work. When we have our own house, I will make sure I place it up front and center. I love it that much.”

A.C. of Virginia

“My tripdych is the star of my living room. I love how you listened to what I wanted and came up with this beautiful piece to meet—and exceed—all of my expectations.”

R.M. of Virginia

“I’m so happy to have an original painting of my favorite flower done by you.”

M.V. of Sweden