Nomi Wagner Portrait Artist


Painting of a grandmother and granddaughter

Traditional Watercolor Painting

I sincerely appreciate your interest in having me create a portrait painting or drawing for yourself or to give as a gift. I refer to your recent or older photos, perhaps one of a loved one who has passed away. Please contact me with any questions. I would be very happy to hear from you and there is no obligation.

It's easy to commission a portrait

  • Just send a favorite photo or photos
  • Tell me what you have in mind
  • I will create your portrait and ship it to your door

My portrait styles

  • Traditional Watercolor Painting
  • Pen & Ink with Watercolor Painting
  • Black and White Watercolor Drawing
  • Sepia Watercolor Drawing

To reserve a space on my schedule, please contact me NOW.

Watercolor portrait of a family

Traditional Watercolor Painting

I am here to help!
This is YOUR PORTRAIT and I want to collaborate with you to incorporate your personal preferences and tastes.

I'll email you as your portrait is being created, so that you can view the work in progress and give me your input.

"Nomi, It's been an absolute delight working with you ... "   Bill, Washington, D.C.

Custom portrait painting of a couple

Black and White Watercolor Drawing

My watercolor painting technique
I've combined my training in fine art and graphics technology. I paint and draw each stroke traditionally from scratch, using a stylus and graphics tablet with Corel Painter® software. I am honored to be a Corel Painter® Master Elite.

I use photos only for reference and inspiration. Bridging the best of both worlds—traditional painting and the latest technology—I paint your portrait in a conventional watercolor style, never manipulating the reference photographs.

Painting of 3 dogs

Traditional Watercolor Painting

Throughout the work in progress, I can make additions or changes without damaging your painting. I can be spontaneous and try new things, knowing that I can always revert to a previous saved version of your portrait.

Once you give me your final approval, my husband prints your portrait with archival inks on fine art watercolor paper or canvas. Let me know if you would like additional prints for homes, offices, or gifts.

If your portrait is ever damaged, during shipping or later, it can be reprinted from the original file. Isn't that comforting?!

Custom drawing of a woman and dogs

Sepia Watercolor Drawing

Are there hidden treasures in your photo collection?
I bet you have some photos that always bring a smile or tug at your heart—but are rarely looked at. Those personal photos inspire me to paint stunning artworks for you. You and your family will now enjoy these memories as fine art on the walls of your home. 

Black and white drawing of a childBlack and White Watercolor Drawing

Feel free to send lots of reference photos. I want to paint and draw an accurate and flattering portrait that you will treasure.

Photos that are focused and high resolution help me see facial detail. I can help you select from your personal photos.

If taking new photos, I'm happy to help you with photography tips. When using an iPhone, make sure the Live setting is turned OFF.

I welcome your photos taken by professional photographers, but will need their release for any copyrighted images.

Portrait painting of a couple in Venice

Traditional Watercolor Painting

Ways you can send your photos

  • Email your files to me*
  • Upload your highest resolution files at the bottom of my Contact page
  • Ask me to send you a Dropbox folder

*Choose the "Actual Size" setting for emailing the highest resolution photos from an iPhone. "Original Size" is the option for emailing the highest resolution photos from an Android. If emailing photos from your computer, make sure "Actual Size" is selected when composing the email, if that is an option.

Pen and ink with watercolor painting

Pen & Ink with Watercolor Painting

Portrait pricing

Note: You are purchasing a one-of-a-kind luxury work of art, made just for you. I do not manipulate your photos in any way. I draw and paint freehand, stroke by stroke from scratch. My process is not quick. I am detail-oriented and take the time needed to create an accurate and flattering portrait, meeting your special preferences and requests.

Each commissioned custom portrait is unique, requiring a different amount of time. Some projects are straightforward and take me a few days and some are quite complicated and can take several months. 

Portrait sizes:

Commissions include a portrait of any size you desire up to 30x40 inches on archival fine art watercolor paper or canvas. 

Portrait prices are based on the:

  • Painting or drawing style you choose
  • Number of people and pets in your portrait
  • Close-up, mid-body, or full-length pose
  • Complexity of the project
  • Quality of the photos

Portrait price range:

  • Drawings range from $500-750.00 per person.
  • Paintings range from $1000-1500.00 per person.
  • Special pricing consideration is given for groups of two or more, small children and pets. 
  • Detailed backgrounds range from $100-500.00.

Please contact me for an estimate. There is no obligation.

Portrait of a mother and sonsTraditional Watercolor Painting

Payment information

A deposit of 50% is required to begin your project with the balance due upon completion. Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and PayPal are accepted. You are welcome to work out payment arrangements 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. Please let me know if your portrait is to be a surprise and needed by a special date. I love surprises!

Extra goodies

You may order additional hand-signed prints for offices, vacation homes, or gifts to be treasured forever. 

I can have your portrait professionally framed to suit your taste.

Beautiful greeting cards featuring your portrait are available.

Watercolor portrait painting of children

Traditional Watercolor Painting

Please contact me with any questions or for an estimate. I look forward to hearing from you.