Realistic Illustration & Portraiture

  • Capturing a likeness.

    Artist Elizabeth R. Whelan creates portraits in oils. She is intent on capturing a moment in time as well as a likeness, finding that expression and sense of personality that brings her subject to life. She is a contemporary realist painter, and for her portraits this translates into accurate detail imbued with her own style of realism which is strengthened by a desire to preserve a feel for our times for future generations.

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  • Telling a story.

    As an illustrator, Elizabeth R. Whelan enjoys the opportunity to use her skills to help tell a story, be it for a book or magazine, a business or product, a map or a private commission. She uses traditional gouache, oils, and linocut as well as digital methods to create print and web-ready pieces for designers, corporations and individuals.

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  • Digital
  • Botanical
  • Agricultural
  • Portrait
  • Oils
  • Gouache
  • Travel
  • Nautical
  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random
  • This set of three seed packet illustrations for organic seed company Fruition Seeds was created digitally, to be used on packaging, marketing and promotional items.

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    Seed Packet - Flowers

    • Digital
    • Botanical
    • Agricultural
  • 14" x 10" oil on canvas, a small sized portrait with a landscape background captures the subject in a natural setting.

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    Lost in Thought - Portrait

    • Portrait
    • Oils
  • Digital artwork created for Fruition Seeds herbs seed packaging, starting with a pencil sketch and using traditional methods applied digitally.

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    Seed Packet - Herbs

    • Digital
    • Botanical
    • Agricultural
  • 22" x 22" watercolour and gouache on Canson paper, this detail from a building at Nijo-jo in Kyoto, Japan was loosely painted.

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    Nijō Castle 二条城

    • Gouache
    • Travel
  • 3' x 3' oil on canvas, a portrait of Dale McClure, president of the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society with an antique John Deere tractor, at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury.

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    Dale & Tractor - Portrait

    • Portrait
    • Oils
    • Agricultural
  • A series of three illustrations were created digitally for Northeastern seed company Fruition Seeds' organic seed packets.

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    Seed Packet - Vegetables

    • Botanical
    • Digital
    • Agricultural
  • 14" x 10" oil on canvas, this portrait shows Sarah Young at work in her jewelry studio at Vineyard Sky Bead Design.


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    Portrait of Sarah

    • Portrait
    • Oils
  • 12" x 12" gouache on Canson paper, a wall in a Vineyard Haven boat shop was an enticing display of ovals and sawdust, perfect for this matte gouache illustration.

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    Boat Shop Interior

    • Nautical
    • Gouache