Brooke Walker-Knoblich © 2014 Kurt Edward Fishback

Portraits by Brooke



Painting in the Louvre Brooke Walker-Knoblich in Paris, France. 2003 .


Professional Portraits


These paintings capture personality with sophistication and elegance. Background scenes give portrait paintings deeper stories and provide clues to a person's character. These portraits are often commissioned to hang in an office and honor his/her professional life achievements. 


Healing Portraits


Art brings beauty, color, and joy, to people recovering from an illness. These portrait paintings lend strength and encouragement to loved ones as well and are often commissioned as hospital homecoming gifts, to celebrate a last round of chemo, or commemorate major anniversaries. 


Family Portraits


Family portraits capture individual personalities and group dynamics in a candid and relaxed environment. Most  family portraits are painted from a variety of photos and videos. They are all  exquisitely crafted with pigment rich oils that shimmer with life in the light.  

My oil paintings merge a love of classical realism with modern colors and impressionistic brushwork.


My formal painting education began in Paris, France, learning the realism techniques of the Old Masters. I furthered my classical training at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and earned a BA in Studio Art at UCSD. I've studied for several years with contemporary, impressionistic painters and continue to challenge and develop my artistic vision and voice. I'm a full-time, profesional aritst and have created 50+ commissioned paintings for discerning collectors since 2006.



Vacation Souvenirs


Vacation souvenir paintings capture some of the most joyful and special moments with friends and family. These paintings serve as souvenirs and everyday reminders of life's grand adventures. They are often commissioned as gifts for holidays, birthdays, or other special events.


Couple Portraits


Couple portrait paintings express love and capture the spirit of romance. They celebrate important life events like engagements, weddings, anniversaries, or renewal of vows ceremonies. They can also be gestures of love on Valentine's Day, Christmas, or a birthday.

As a fine artist, painting portraits on commission has been the highlight of my career.  I've met--and painted-- so many interesting people from all walks of life and am continually amazed by the powerful, emotional responses my collectors have to their personalized paintings. If you are considering ordering a custom oil painting, I'd love to hear from you! Please fill out the form below and I will respond promptly to begin talking about your project ideas.

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Portraits are my favorite subject to paint because they create a direct conduit to the heart. Portraits celebrate individuality and simultaneouly connect us to our shared humanity. When portraits are painted using pigment-rich oils, they glisten and move with the light. This gorgeous effect makes portrait paintings feel alive and full of spirit, something that can rarely be captured in a photograph. I take great care to make my original oil paintings archival heirlooms to be be passed down through the generations.


Pet Portraits


Pet portrait paintings capture the unique personalities of animals. These paintings honor a beloved pet and are often commissioned as gifts for the holidays, birthdays, mother's day, father's day or to celebrate a special occasion. Orders for custom pet portrait paintings of dogs, cats, birds, horses, reptiles, or any creature that is well-loved are all welcome.


1. Fill out the inquiry form at the top of this page and start collecting photos (if you have them) as .jpgs


2. Respond to the email you receive from Brooke @ and attach your photos.


3. Participate in exchange of ideas until size, price,

and image is agreed upon.


4. Sign contract and make 50% deposit to start work.


5. Receive photos and/or videos of painting in process

and make formal requests for changes as needed. 


6. Approve completed painting or exercise your Right

of Refusal. If approved, pay final 50% of painting fee.


7. Art can be picked-up in Portland, OR. or shipped.






Baby Portraits


Baby portrait paintings capture the precious and tender moments of childhood where the bonds of familial love are forged. Infant portraits are often commissioned to welcome home a new baby, to be baby shower gifts, and/or to honor a mother on mothers' day. 

Examples of Commissions

The Power of Portraits

 The Commission Process

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In Memoriam


These paintings honor memories by creating a piece that can be looked at and cherished everyday. In memoriam paintings are often commissioned for celebration of life ceremonies, to aid in the grieving process,  or as family heirlooms to keep love ever present.

Before & After

Turning Photos into Paintings

Pricing Custom Art


The cost of a commission generally depends on its size and complexity.

For example, a portrait/bust costs less than a full-figure with hands.