Here's what clients have to say

This letter of recommendation is one that I am excited to write for anyone who wishes to own, enjoy and experience an oil painting done by Ellen Thayer. I have had great enjoyment looking at and studying the way Ellen works with oils. I have seen her paintings in various gift shops in Maine and at the South Portland’s Art in the Park day and greatly admired her work. I knew I wanted to commission Ellen to create just the right piece for a landing in our home.

Living just blocks from Casco Bay, my husband and I wanted this oil painting to not only reflect the sea, but the flavor of Maine itself. Ellen visited our home, noting the light and coloring in the landing area. I visited her home to see more of her oil paintings and we talked process. Ellen produced many photos from which to choose and we talked about each one. She teased from me how I envisioned the finished product and once the scene and price was decided upon, I left it in her hands.

To my amazement, Ellen called a few weeks later and told me she had found the perfect frame for the painting and the fact that it was on sale and she was willing to frame and ready it for mounting certainly made my husband very happy.

The painting captures everything I hoped it would. My husband loves it as he loves the waters, the sailboat, the islands with their rocky coasts and the pines that speak so softly, yet so clearly of Maine.

It was a pleasure commissioning Ellen Thayer to paint for us a much-treasured work of art for our home.

Mary Suessmann
Resident of South Portland, Maine


Last holiday season, I commissioned Ellen to paint a picture of our dear dog, Pearl, as a present to my husband. The result was wonderful! Ellen caught the essence of Pearl in a beautiful husband was thrilled. Everyone who sees it is so impressed that it truly captures the eyes, expression and very soul of Pearl. Ellen is such an enthusiastic and gifted artist. She was easy to work with (nothing for me to do but give her the job!) and had the painting in plenty of time to wrap and present to the recipient at Christmas.

I couldn╩╝t have been more pleased with the entire experience. Ellen is a joy to work with and has a true talent for all her crafts......and painting is just one of them!

Diane Gressly Armstrong


We commissioned Ellen Thayer to paint a picture from a photograph taken two years ago. This request was for a family friend who had every tangible extravagance that money could buy. The photograph taken was from his deck looking out over the ocean near Nubble Light in York, Maine. Ellen’s ability to capture the beauty of the Maine coastline and depth of emotion that one feels when looking in that direction, was nothing short of amazing.

We had several conversations throughout the course of this masterpiece and she accommodated our specific needs without hesitation. We had also asked to have specific initials strategically placed within the work and she suggested several options for this idea.

Ellen is an outstanding artist with an innate ability to recreate a scene with emotion and breathtaking allure. Her attention to detail and color choice is a skill not obtained by many. She completed the project on time and the piece was an extraordinary hit with the recipient.

Kathleen Bowler
Westwood, MA


Dear Ellen,
I wanted to tell you how much we are enjoying the painting of Max that you recently painted for us. It is hanging in a special spot in our dining room. Every one who comes over the house comments on the incredible likeness it has to Max. More than the physical likeness, I am impressed that you really captured his spirit, his spunk, and his goofy personality.

Thanks again for a wonderful job,


Dear Ellen,
Thank you for creating such a beautiful painting for my Portland Symphony Orchestra Showhouse room.  Your talent amazes me!  It is exactly what I had hoped for.  I do hope we can work together on another project.


Karen Gallagher Interiors
North Yarmouth, Maine

Dear Ellen,
I received the painting on Wednesday and I love it. You worked with my photo of a favorite boat in a special place and made it a "Work of Art". Really.
It was a pleasure working with you to get this done. You listened to what I wanted and brought life to a scene captured by my very average photography skills. 
Thank you again for creating a very special painting for me. I would, and will, recommend this process to anyone.
Best Wishes and Warm Regards,
John Stone
Arrowsic, Maine 04530