One of the most rewarding things I do is working directly with clients in planning a painting of their house and property, along with family members, friends, and pets, all involved in activity. Typically the process involves interviews with the clients to determine their vision and several visits to the property for photography and to meet some, if not all, of the persons to be included. Each painting tells a story, whether set in the present, based on a memory, or created from an imagined scene from an earlier historical period.


Below is a sampling of my commissioned paintings.

Selected detail images from above painting.

About the Painting


A Home and Family in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – ca. 1800


This painting was commissioned as a gift for an adult child of one of my clients. The clients requested that I use my imagination to place their child’s twentieth-century home, family, and neighbors in an early nineteenth-century context. What fun!

About the Painting


Our House in Hales Corners, Wisconsin – 1953 


Memories of my client’s youth prompted this painting. His childhood home, family at work, and neighborhood friends at play are all captured

here—fragments of memories, moments in time, interwoven to tell a story.

photo - Kristin Simons

photo - Kristin Simons
photo - Kristin Simons
photo - Kristin Simons
photo - Kristin Simons
photo - Kristin Simons
photo - Kristin Simons
photo - Kristin Simons
photo - Kristin Simons

About the Painting


A Family Reunion in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin – July 2012


The size of this painting (6 feet in length!) was necessitated by the size of the clients’ home, property, and family and their desire to have many lake and land activities included in the painting. I was fortunate to be present for both days of the reunion to capture this large and lively group in action.

About the Painting


Mishcopeh – July 2015


To celebrate their golden anniversary, a married couple took all of their children and grandchildren (17 in all!) to a vacation home in northern Wisconsin. As an anniversary gift, the adult children commissioned a painting of the occasion. Tons of photographs and written memories were combined to tell some of the stories of the week the family spent together.