A custom painting is such a special and meaningful gift to give yourself as well as to others for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Christmas, Valentines day, bar mitzvahs, quinceaneras, or for anyone special or for any event.  I am excited to begin working with you to create a painting that is meaningful for you and that will be a prized addition of décor to where ever you choose to hang your painting. I look forward to hearing from you so that we can begin this unique project for you.

Portrait paintings from Photos

I create portrait paintings using acrylic paint on canvas that are custom tailored for you. Using photos you send me to reference and information about the colors, style, and details you would like added, I will combined all of these ingredients to create you your very own original, one of a kind, work of art.

Pet Portrait by Melissa Mae Crawford


Live Event Artist, Melissa Mae Crawford, can make your special moments last forever by capturing your event in an original acrylic painting created right before your eyes. Your guests will be able to observe the artistic process. Let us create an unforgettable memory for your special moment...


Ordering a portrait is easy as pie.  

  1. We start off discussing what what kind of painting you want, who is the painting for, when do you need it by, what size canvas you want, etc...

  2. Next, you will send me some reference photos.  I will then do some idea sketches and send them back to you...

Artist Melissa Mae Crawford painting


My name is Melissa Mae Crawford, and I am a professional portrait artist & painter for hire living in New Yok, NY.  I have a BA in Studio Painting from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside, but I learned the best of what I know from doodling with my father as a child while growing up in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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