Tell us a little bit about your business.
Hello! We are Jaison and Stephanie, the artists and owners of Live Painting PGH. We have been professionally bringing fine art and live wedding painting to PA and beyond since 2015. Painting is our passion, so for us, every wedding is a chance to create something truly special! Live painting is a genuinely unique addition to your reception. The finished work of fine art will become a family heirloom to be passed down for generations!
We offer three main packages (Ceremony, Portrait, or First Dance). We even offer different “levels” for each package if you would like to upgrade to a larger canvas, larger or more ornate frame, or add more detail in your painting. Each package has its own charm and allows you to choose what moment you would like us to capture. All packages includes a hand-stretched canvas, the finest paints, live painting during your wedding plus 1 – 3 months extra painting time in our studio (we are perfectionists!), varnishing, frame, and prints of your painting. Upgrade your package to include even more. Don’t quite see the package that you’re looking for? We can customize one for you.
We start from scratch by hand stretching and preparing the canvas ourselves. We use the finest paints and materials to create a fully finished work of fine art of the highest quality. Each package that we offer is a little different, but we typically arrive early to set up and start planning the composition of the painting in the reception area. We bring out the brushes and paints around the time the guests arrive so they can see the process and enjoy watching the progress throughout the evening. Guests always enjoy watching and we welcome them to talk with us as we paint. We typically paint live for 5 – 6 hours on the wedding day, capturing as much of the feeling, mood, and detail as we possibly can.
To some, the painting may look finished, but we have much more in store. After the wedding, it is back to our studio where we spend a lot of time and energy to make sure your painting is just right and has the perfect balance, likeness, flow, and harmony.
After graduating from college for fine art (Jaison went to the University of Pittsburgh and Stephanie went to Edinboro University), we began to focus our energies on portraiture and live painting at weddings. We love many styles of art, but we would compare our painting style to post impressionism. The beloved master painters like Monet, Sargent, Rembrandt, and Manet all painted in the impressionist style, capturing all the important details and likenesses while still preserving the energy, feeling, and mood of the subject. It is the best of both worlds. Our goal for each painting is to capture what is felt as well as what is seen. This is no easy task, which is why every live painting comes back to our studio for 4 – 12 weeks so we can continue the painting process and develop the painting into a true work of fine art.
What makes your work unique?
Every painting starts from a blank canvas and is truly one of a kind. It does not get much more unique than that! You choose the moment from your wedding day (first dance, the ceremony, portrait, etc.) for us to capture live on canvas during your reception. A painting of your wedding day can memorialize the moments shared, the love that was felt, and every detail that you planned – down to the last candle stick. A painting is timeless. It is something you will cherish forever and smile at every time you see it hanging in your home.
Visit our studio in the charming town of Saxonburg, Pa to see what we are currently working on. We are also more than happy to have an in-person or phone consultation with you to discuss your painting.
What is your ideal client like?
Anyone who finds joy and appreciation in the arts (which is pretty much everyone we’ve ever met)! Leave it to art to bring people together. Our clients are parents, engaged couples, and family members looking for something extra special to add to their wedding day. Couples often hire us as a wedding gift to each other. Many soonlyweds hire us as a surprise to their new spouse. Family, friends, and wedding parties pitch in and give live painting as a truly unique wedding gift. Parents will often spare no expense to make live painting happen at their daughter or son’s wedding.