As I’ve started painting more portraits for families, the reaction I didn’t expect has come from the children themselves.
Originally I was just thinking of the moms. Moms like myself, who would love to have their children’s portrait painted and on display in their home. But what has moved me the most is seeing how it affects the children.
Here is my favorite quote ever from a 5-year old when she saw her portrait:
“I love it so much my heart is bursting out like a star!”
And from a 4-year old, when she saw my portrait of herself in her pink tutu and Spiderman leg warmers:
“My favorite part is how strong and pretty I am!”
At my live-painting event last month, two five-year olds watched me paint, their faces in genuine awe. I’m so grateful for the mom who took this photo, so I could see how they were watching.
When you and I work together to create your child’s portrait, what we are really telling them is, We see you. You are beautiful. Who you are, right now, is perfect.
Ever since I was a child I have loved drawing children. What I’m passionate about is making art that tells the stories of our lives.
I am keenly aware that the details in our busy days shape our memories. I’ll never forget the polka-dot book bag my eldest chose for her first day of kindergarten. The hilarious fashion choices my two-year old made just to go to the supermarket with me.
Like you, photographs fill my hard drives. But I often find myself, late at night after the girls are asleep, drawing details from the day that I don’t want to forget. Taking a brush to paper is the most intimate way I can express my love for my children, my awe of who they are becoming, and how proud of them I am.
Love, Naava is my way of doing that for you.
Not only do I insist on working with luxurious art materials, I am certain these portraits will be kept in your family for generations.
As a trained artist, I will capture their little curls just so, and their crooked smiles just right. But what I really want is for you to see these portraits as your child’s story. The delicate pencil renderings, their rosy cheeks, the rainbow of colors in their fashion choices — I bring all of it together to capture the beauty and magic of their unique childhood.
Read more beautiful sentiments from kids and parents who love the portraits I created for them.