Artful Heirlooms offers professionally trained artistry with many decades of experience in portrait commissions and numerous testimonials to the quality of its lifelike charcoal, pastel and oil portraits of children, adults and pets.

If you're considering commissioning an original, whether you have in mind an inexpensive charcoal or conte head and shoulders portrait or a formal full length oil painting, artist Ruth Monsell will answer your every question and fulfill your special requests. Just click on Contact Us above to send an email, or phone portrait artist Ruth Monsell 207-563-2921. You may be surprised at how affordable it is to commission the piece you have in mind.


A custom portrait painting represents the ultimate in uniquely personalized gift giving. A finely rendered portrait in pastel or oil has a depth and immediacy to which no photograph can come close. Your gift is likely to be received with great emotion and become a family heirloom.

Browse through the many portrait samples on this site. For further examples of the artist's work, view the Painting Gallery, where you will see additional pastels and oils.

Thank you for visiting Artful Heirlooms in mid-coast Maine. We welcome your inquiries.

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