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You’ve had an extraordinary life.

Full of extraordinary moments.

Shared with extraordinary people.

Commemorate those people and honor those moments with an exquisite “moment in time” commission.

A commissioned oil painting by Diana Stelin is a collaborative experience between you and the artist, where you work together but are led by the creativity and expertise of Stelin to create an emotive representation of a momentous event in your life or the life of a loved one.

“Moment in time” commissions are one of a kind works of art to commemorate special occasions and honor such life events as when you first met your wife or husband, your honeymoon, a memorable family trip, where your children were born, or even a special place where your loved one lights up with the laughter and smiles that you so cherish.


The process includes:

  • Initial consultation to discuss your project

  • In-depth phone consultation to discuss the feelings you'd like to convey, your ideal palette. Employing Stelin's expertise as former VP of a gallery, you determine proper size in your home or office

  • Work begins either based on your photos, or

  • Stelin travels to your special location and creates 3 plein-air watercolors from which you will choose the ultimate inspiration for your oil/wax/gold leaf piece

  • Your end result is presented framed, along with an artful photobook that houses your photo inspiration, the original sketches, and all the process shots of your ultimate unique collaboration


Timeline: 4-8 weeks 

Rush Timeline: 3 weeks


Please book a consultation with Diana today!

Best of Boston



"We wanted to thank you for working with us on capturing on canvas our "Happy Place".  This was obviously the first time we decided to commission a painting, and we cautiously approached it while having a very vague idea in our heads.  

You made the process easy on us.  Thank you for your flexibility in meeting with us, sending us sketches, phone conversation or taking time to drive to our Cape house.   And most of all, thank you for listening to our ideas, kindly providing your feedback, polishing the resultant concept, and finally delivering the beautiful painting we will enjoy for years to come.

We enjoyed the whole process!  Very happy with our commissioned painting and can't wait to get it framed and rearrange existing paintings in the house per your suggestions to make the whole thing look just perfect."

"You made me feel my grandmother in my kitchen!
Coming out of the pandemic shifted whole life configuratio
ns. I saw that it was more important than ever to honor where I came from, to connect with my memories that pulled me through some hard times, to honor those special relationships in my life with something that will last a lifetime. Thank you for your unique way of creating this very personal, nostalgic collage full of memories."


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