Throughout my careers of portrait photography and portrait painting, I have created thousands of family portraits. It has been my personal goal to create watercolor family portraits for my clients to cherish. My father died in World War II, when I was 5, and my grandparents passed away shortly after. I really missed having a big family and spent hours looking at our family photograph albums. For my 10th birthday I asked for a camera and have been either photographing or painting portraits of family, friends, and clients ever since.

Family groups today are as varied as people’s lives. Family portraits can be the conventional mother, father, and two children, but more than likely, they are untraditional. I have created single parent portrait paintings, portrait paintings of people with their pets, family portrait paintings with same gender parents, portrait paintings of extended families, portrait paintings of groups of friends, and many other combinations.

The important thing for me is to capture the love in relationships that mean the most to my clients. I am surrounded with beautiful portraits of my loved ones and find comfort knowing these portraits will be our family's heirlooms. I hope that my clients' portrait paintings will also be treasured and handed down through the generations to come.

Client Testimonials

Dear Nomi,
OMG, how beautiful!!!!!!!!!! You have captured my relationship with my son, the most precious person in the world to me. It is perfect. I am so grateful for you and your talent.
PS We all adore the portrait you did of my folks.
Laguna Hills, California

Nomi's Blog Posts about Portrait Paintings of Families

Vacation Portrait Painting

by Nomi Wagner

It’s raining! It’s pouring! Yay! We in California are so grateful, at least for this year. However, the rains did bring challenges for some folks. I received this email:

Portrait Paintings of a Marine Hero

by Nomi Wagner

I want to tell you about my beautiful friend, Dr. Kimber Lee Wilkes. Following the tragic motorcycle death of her 27-year-old son, Marine Sargent Jesse Wilkes, on April 27, 2013, Kimber created Military on Motorcycle Safety (M.O.M.S.)/ The Jesse Wilkes Memorial Foundation. After returning home safely from two tours in Afghanistan, Jesse was hit and killed by a vehicle making an unsafe left-hand turn.