Working with the Artist

Miriam’s aim is to create a cherished memory painting that you’ll enjoy for many years. In order to do this, she will need your guidance. Through your stories, photos, and other elements that evoke the personality of the person you love, Miriam will develop the portrait. You’ll collaborate on the process together through interviews (in person or on the phone) and via email.

Consultation and Agreement

Talk with Miriam for a free initial consultation to discuss the portrait you would potentially like to commission.

Once you decide to order a Memory Painter portrait, you and Miriam will discuss the different pricing options, the size of the painting desired, the contract, the payment schedule, the timeline, and the delivery options.

Gathering Information

Through a simple questionnaire, Miriam will ask you about the subject of your portrait. Will the work illustrate an event or an era in someone’s life? Or will it capture the essence of a full life lived? Where did your loved one live? What did they do for a living? How did they enjoy passing time? Who were the people special to them? What objects were special to them? What made this person special to you?

Gather photos that show the subject in different poses and in various settings. Choose photographs that you believe best represent the person’s face, stature, and mannerisms. Photographs of objects that represent your loved one are also welcome. Your photos can be scanned and sent by e-mail or duplicated and sent by U.S. Postal mail.

Interactive Process

You will have the option to see a sketch on canvas prior to the first stroke of paint. If the person loved a certain color, let Miriam know, as it can be reflected in the portrait. Otherwise the artist will determine the color.

Please remember: Every object photographed and sent to Miriam may be used in the final composition. If you don’t like a certain pose or other element, please don’t send it.


The fee for a portrait depends on the size of the canvas and the complexity of the design. Prices can be discussed upon initial inquiry.

Research materials

A still life created from client’s resource material

The early stage of a memory painting

Research materials

Photographs are good resources for a portrait