Commission a House Portrait

I receive requests for custom hand-crafted watercolor house portraits from across the USA and have now created house portraits in 50 states and in 35 different architectural styles. I would love to create a special house portrait for you. With each commissioned home portrait I paint, I make sure to capture all those unique details and special memories that are imbued into each home, thereby including the warmth and personality of the home into my work of art. It would be hard to find a more original one-of-a kind gift idea.

Find out what my clients are saying about their commissioned house portraits.

Cabin in Bristol Virginia House Portrait”My wife cried upon opening the Bristol, VA painting at Christmas. My seven-year-old grandson said, “Mammie are you crying because you like it or because you don’t?” She replied, “I’m crying because I LOVE it!”. Thank you for your work.”

– David Leonard, VA

Alexandria Virginia -- hand painted house portrait”Leisa’s work is impeccable. She captured each small detail of the house where I grew up. She translated a lifetime of memories into a beautiful work of art. Not secondary to her talent is her warm personality that shines through in her artistry. My family and I will be treasuring this piece for many a year to come.”

– Erin Moran, VA

Tudor Home House Portrait Commission“We received your beautiful painting yesterday. It is absolutely gorgeous and it shows how much of yourself, heart and soul, you put into it. After all, our house deserves to have a portrait of itself — and now it has the best!”

– Dennis Bachmann, CA

Hand painted house portrait Bethesda Maryland“I just love the painting.  I put a lot of thought into the renovation and am especially pleased that you caught the little touches that mean so much to me. My closest friend in the neighborhood commented on the wonderful level of detail and told me how the painting makes her want to walk up to the front door for a visit. You caught so many of the details, we were amazed! It is such fun to see them lovingly portrayed through someone else’s eyes.”

– Erika Siegel, MD

Tina Weinheimer- Leisa Collins Art“Well the painting was a home run…truly, everyone has remarked about what a wonderful job you did. All the little details you included (house numbers, pumpkins, rocking chair, etc.) and you captured the true colors of the house — way better than the photographs I provided.  So thank you again. We are all thrilled with it.”

– Tina Weinheimer, IL

“The painting arrived in excellent condition, and I love the colors and details.  This will be a treasure for my whole family, and I know my mother will be delighted to receive it as a surprise gift.  Thank you so much for choosing our home to create your wonderful art with.”

– Rebecca Bishop, MI

“I am sitting here in my cozy family room gazing at the two house portraits that Leisa painted for us. Every time I look at them, I feel happiness and gratitude. We have lived in this house for 30 years and love it, but we never thought about having a portrait of it until we saw her work. Her watercolor detail is so exact that you feel you could walk into the painting. And her use of color and light is so pleasing to the eye.  Because we so loved the painting she created of our house in the Spring, we sent her some photos of our house in the blizzard of 2016. She gave us the most beautiful rendition of our snow covered winter wonderland. We especially love the warm glow of the lights inside contrasting with the stark coldness of the snow outside.What wonderful gifts she gave to us . . . and that we gave to ourselves! Thank you Leisa!”

– Marilyn Terzian, MD


The cost of an original, hand painted House Portrait

My general price range for a house portrait is $425 to $760, depending on the size.

Just as personal tastes vary, every home is uniquely different. so it is best to contact me directly so that I can answer all of your questions. It also helps if I can see photos of the subject in order to give an exact quote as well as my recommendations on the best angle, season, size etc.

hand painted house portraits are wonderful closing gifts and house warming gifts

No obstacles are insurmountable!

Please don’t rule out your home because it is hard to see or there are obstacles. I don’t let these stand in my way in depicting the best view of any home. The evidence is below. . . see my little video.

“Home is where the heart is.” – Pliny the Elder

One client with her very own house portrait series

Like so many of my clients, Angie is very attached to her family, the houses she has lived in, and all the special memories each home holds. And also like many of my clients, she has come back to me time after time to make sure every home is captured in an original house portrait, to then be passed down to future generations. Here is Angie (2nd from far right) with family members, the gallery display in her home and some examples of her original House portraits.

One house, four seasons and four cats!

This was a really fun project and a wonderful story. My client asked me to create four paintings of her childhood home in Wellesley, MA in each of the four seasons. She gave me details for each season and had a special request. That I include four different cats that her parents have had and loved over the years and the typical poses for each. Then she left me to it!

That Christmas she is presented an original seasonal painting to her parents (who still live in the home) as well as her two siblings. She and her husband are keeping one for themselves of course!

Please enjoy the beauty of the seasons here as well as my client’s story below. And see if you can find the four cats!

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My Four Seasons – Four Cats story in the words of my client, Lesley Pisarra:

“My parents had decided to sell my childhood home in Wellesley, MA, which is a very beautiful and special place for me and my family. I immediately started to search online for house portrait artists, and as soon as I came across Leisa’s website and saw her beautiful work, I knew that she would do my family’s home justice.

“I sent Leisa photos of the house and we had a long telephone conversation in which she asked questions about all aspects of my home; how it was decorated at the holidays, what flowers were blooming, and the trees around the property. I decided I wanted four portraits, one for each season, to present to my family at Christmas. I also wanted to include four cats that my parents had over the years into the painting, which is something that Leisa hadn’t done before, but she was very enthusiastic about the idea and how personalized the artwork would be with the inclusion of pets. We even discussed each cat’s habits so she could appropriately place them in the artwork!

When Leisa completed the portraits, she emailed me images and I was completely floored. They each absolutely captured the warmth and beauty of the home, and every detail during each season was perfect. Even the flowering bushes were correct, the placement of the daylilies were exactly where they should be, and the holiday decorations were placed perfectly. The cats were there, one in each painting, and they looked absolutely adorable!”

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