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How It Works

1. Browse the artist's portfolio of past work to see examples of events Katherine has painted around the world, from 500-person wedding receptions to intimate family reunions.  


You can check out different size and format options here.

Katherine Gressel

2. Click on "get started" below to contact Katherine for a free customized price quote. Please remember to include your event location, date and time so Katherine can make sure she is free to paint for you! The price for a single live painting usually ranges between $2,800-$4,000  and varies based on size, location (and travel expenses involved), time of day/year, number of guests depicted, and the extent to which you want the painting touched up after the event. All price points include  high quality art materials and insurance, and a detailed consultation approximately 1-2 months before the event to make sure the final painting meets your vision. You will be able to request specific guests as well as details of your venue, decor, and attire to emphasize in the painting. 

Katherine Gressel

3. On the day of your event, Katherine arrives up to 5 hours early to start painting the background, so that she can focus on adding key people during the party. With every painting, she aims to capture the specific mood, lighting and color of a space, an intimate portrait of the most important people, and a slightly more impressionistic background featuring additional people (if requested) and details at your party, while interacting with your guests as they watch the scene unfold on canvas. 

Katherine Gressel

4. Even if a venue does not allow the artist to arrive early, usually 90% of the painting is complete by the end of a 4-hour party for guests to admire on their way out.  However, Katherine's most popular package includes  touch-up work  to make sure you are completely satisfied with the final product,  which will be ready around 2-4 months after the event. For out of town events that require overnight stay,  the painting can usually be finished by the morning after the event. You can also opt to have the painting completed onsite, with fewer portraits and a slightly less refined background, for a lower price, especially if the painting only features the couple.


Download this PDF for more details on studio touch-ups.

You can also request a free digital photo of the painting or add-ons such as thank-you cards or prints.

Katherine Gressel
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