Acrylic paintings commissioned portraits created by Melissa Mae Crawford - Mae Art


The Gift of a Lifetime

It is important to us that your painting reflects you and your style.





  1. First, start off with answering some basic questions on my order form.  

  2. I will contact you to find out more about your painting ideas, personal preferences, tastes, concerns, and other details.

  3. You will then email me the digital photos you think I could use as reference photos.

  4. From there, I will then send you a final quote and you will tell me if you wish for me to proceed with your personal painting.

  5. Next, I will do some sketches and we will converse back and forth until you are happy with the design .

  6. You will then PAY HALF by Venmo, Zelle, Banker's Check, or PayPal (PayPal  Credit offers free financing for 6 months)

  7. I will send you pictures of the painting process to see if you would like anything adjusted.

  8. When the painting is complete and you approve of the final product, you will pay the rest of the balance and I will package and mail your artwork to the address you provide me.  If you live close enough to New York City, we can also schedule for you to pick the painting up in person. 

Painting process of pet portrait by Melissa Mae Crawford

This is a painting in progress




This is the reference photo for Presley.

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.  I can create portrait paintings that are more traditional with the subjects posed front and center, or I can create portraits that are more artistic that, for instance, alter styles with flat, patterned clothing & backgrounds or where the subject is off center or in the shadow or other non-traditional details. I can even create portraits where the person has an animal head showing their inner spirit or in reverse I can paint your pet with their spirit human body. If you would rather have a painting of a prized possession such as a house, boat, guitar, garden I can create a still-life or landscape painting for you. I've also painted famous musicians and actors as well as fictional book characters or mythological creatures for clients. 

Key Portrait Commission Considerations:


  • Where will the painting be displayed? If you have a good idea where the painting will hang, it will help in choosing the size canvas you want, the style you want, and main colors you would like in the painting.

  • Do you prefer a traditional portrait or more artistic portrait? If you don't want a posed portrait that focuses on the face, we can get creative with your painting. Your painting can focus more on the background design or there can be multiple images of one person or instead of a person head, we can paint your "spirit" animal head on your body

  • Do you want me to use one photo or a few photos? If you have a photo with a great face expression, but another photo with a great outfit we can combine the two photos into one painting.  Another example is if someone is missing in your group photo and you have a photo of a person you want to add to the group, we can paint the missing person into the group.


This is where the painting will be hung


I like to match the painting colors with your décor & style.

How Long will it Take


Depending on the complexity of the painting, the time it takes me to complete a painting can be anywhere between a few days to a few weeks. If you request that your painting be completed by a specific date, there are many factors that are considered before I accept the commission. I will look at how long I have to complete the painting before the deadline, the complexity of the painting, the size, if I have other painting deadlines, and the time it will take to pack and ship your painting. It's best to plan ahead and order at least a few months before you need the painting, so that you will definitely have artwork in hand when you need it.

Pet portrait painting process by Melissa Mae Crawford - Mae Art

I create digital maps of the painting's overall layout design.

Pet portrait acrylic painting by Melissa Mae Kors New York Artist

Here is the finished painting of Presley.

16" x 20"  Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Payment information

A deposit is required to begin your project, with the balance due upon completion. Zelle, Venmo, PayPal, and Banker's Checks are accepted ways to pay. You are welcome to work out the timing of payments with me. PayPal Credit and others allow special financing such as no payment or interest if the fee is paid in full in 6 months.


Portraits are shipped USPS or FedEx (U.S. and International). Please let me know if your portrait is to be a surprise and needed by a special date. I love surprises!  Shipping cost is not included in the painting cost and will be added to the final invoice.



The prices are shown below.  This does not include shipping and handling, but there is an estimated shipping cost in the red box below.  This is just a rough estimate of prices for delivery in the United States.



8" x 10"


9" x 12"


12" x 16"


16" x 20"


20" x 24"


24" x 30"


30" x 40"



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