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Professional Custom Portraiture

Over 30 Years Experience in Portraiture, Silhouettes & Caricatures

Ruth Monsell - Professional Artist

Ruth Monsell

Professional Artist

I am Ruth Monsell, a professionally trained fine artist specializing in portraiture, silhouettes and caricatures. I’ve fulfilled portrait commissions for decades, and have numerous testimonials on the quality of my portraits in charcoal, conte, pastel and oil, of children, adults and pets.

How It Works:

  1. Call me or click the link below to request a portrait commission
  2. Fill out the request form & upload any photo(s)
  3. I will contact you to discuss about your custom portraiture and provide a free quote

*One-third deposit is required when the commission is agreed (balance is due prior to shipping or upon delivery)

Digital previews available upon request

Minor modifications in finished portraits are always honored

Portraits are shipped within 6 weeks of commissioning (1-3 months for oil portraits)

Custom Portraits from your Photos

Charcoal, Conte, Pastel & Oil Portraits

Give a Gift That Will Be Treasured


Artful Heirlooms creates custom and diverse portraits...

In A Variety
of Styles

...ranging from newborns and pets to seniors, individually and in family groupings, in variety of settings & sizes.

Pet Portraits

Contact the artist today to discuss about the details of your custom portrait.

"You did an outstanding job and we really appreciate it. The pastel is everything we wanted and much more. We are extremely pleased that we chose you to create it for us. You are a first class talented professional artist, and it was fun working with you. You are the best!"

— S. & S. K., Tarpon Springs, FL

Portrait of Gracie Pastel Portrait
Family Portrait Pastel Portrait

"Wow! This is really fabulous. You really caught the essence of the kids and their facial expressions. We just love it. I lost my breath when I opened it up. We are thrilled. Thank you!!"

— K.D.M., Turner, ME

"From the bottom of my heart -thank you! You have captured the caring, the smile, the sensuousness, the grace, the love of my soul mate. Some people paint for a living - you are truly an artist. Love and God Bless."

— M.H., Casco, ME

Portrait of a Young Woman Oil Portrait
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Available for Events & Entertainment

I am available for event favors and entertainment anywhere in the U.S. and Canada starting at $175 per hour. Travel and accommodations may be added depending on location.

For more information call 207-350-1020 or fill out the contact form about any questions and I'll respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Latest News from Artful Heirlooms

My latest portrait, a pastel of Larry the pooch, was commissioned as a wedding gift! When the bride received the matted and framed portrait yesterday she was reportedly ecstatic.
Photos from my favourite event: Queen Victorias birthday party at the Mansion on 5th Ave...
Shown is the Mansion on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh where I am staying and cutting silhouettes tonight at a gala fundraiser in honor of Queen Victorias birthday.
Thank you, Ruth Monsell, for creating my favorite birthday gift of all time. My Lettie is captured beautifully in this silhouette and I am so blessed to have her memory preserved in this way. 

Friends and family, check out her page,  Artful Heirlooms. Silhouettes make a wonderful gift and Ruth is extraordinarily talented!

She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are her life, her love, her leader. She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.
Heres a super example of a late 18th or early 19th century embellished silhouette I saw in England.

I'm working with a new web designer to make Artful Heirlooms much more user friendly, including on mobile devices! It'll cost a bundle, but this modification is overdue. If you've used Artful Heirlooms and have input or any suggestions for me, the process is just starting, so there's time. Please feel free to share your ideas. ... See MoreSee Less

I just shipped probably my most unusual quad silhouettes yet.  The first 3 were cut in 2011 and framed together.  This year their grandmother wanted her final grandchild added.  So I put the new one in a new quad frame along with the 3 from six years ago.  Here they are.  My client wanted all of them dated.
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Featured Paintings for Sale

Below are some of my beautiful paintings which may be purchased. I offer giclee color reproductions and original artwork, both signed and for sale. Click the order button below or call me at 207-350-1020.

Featured Silhouettes for Sale

I love creating decorative silhouettes as well as holiday silhouettes. I offer laser print reproductions and original artwork, both signed and for sale. I also offer framing options. Click the order button below or call me at 207-350-1020.