Jordan discovered my work on Instagram when a friend tagged him in a giveaway I was doing. He had the idea to commission me to do three Home Portraits, each 6x8": one of his childhood home, one of his wife’s childhood home, and one of their first home together. The three pieces together were to be a gift for his wife, Jade. They had recently purchased their forever home and wanted to adorn the walls with original art of other homes that had been meaningful in their life journeys.
First up, Jade’s childhood home in Port Coquitlam. “PoCo” has so many beautiful forested park areas, and the trees in Jade’s backyard are actually part of one of the city’s trails. The large evergreen trees are characteristic of the West Coast.
The second Home Portrait is of Jordan’s childhood home, also in Port Coquitlam. We had a bit of back and forth on the reference photo for this house as the trim had been painted in recent years and Jordan wanted the grey-coloured trim from the time when he lived there. As grey has quite a spectrum, I had Jordan dig up an extra photo from his childhood so I could picture it accurately and mix the shade precisely. He also described some of the flowers he remembered from when he lived there, which although weren’t shown in the reference photos, his description allowed me to include these small pops of colour.
“Katrina! Wow! I am amazed by the paintings. They’re so beautifully done and just bring so much joy to my heart seeing our homes come together like this ❤️❤️ Thank you so much for doing these!”