Luxury Gifts: Best Gift Ideas—Commission a painting!

Sonia Hale commissioned landscape

If you have an upcoming birthday, anniversary or other occasion that you’d like to do something really special for, I’d like to suggest commissioning a painting of one of your favorite places, people or things (maybe a floral arrangement).

These are really special gifts and allow for you to personally have a statement in the finished piece. What could be more exciting!

One recent commission was for the parents of adult daughters who were moving from a beloved home. I used a photograph of the three children in the backyard as young children and visited the scene in person to make a quick sketch and take reference photographs. When one of the daughters saw the painting she said, “Mom is going to love this so much she will cry!”

If this seems like something that might interest you, please be in touch. I paint from small pieces up to 30 x 40 and even larger sometimes.

Please email me your photos if you have any and the approximate size of the piece you’d like, so I can give you an accurate price for the painting. We can also arrange for you to present a gift certificate and I will take photographs of your special place at a later date.

I also frame these paintings (or can make arrangements for this for you) quite often now, so let me know if you’d like for me to take care of that. One stop shopping to make it easy for you.

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My work is guaranteed and I have many testimonials on my website.

Martha’s Vineyard Seascapes: Sunset at Oak Bluffs


11 x 14, oil
Can there be any place more charming than the two islands off the coast of cape cod: Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket? Maybe… I am very biased and adore these two islands. Painting a few scenes from these treasured places takes me back to summer and those glorious island days.

Martha’s Vineyard Seascapes: Aquinnah Gay Head Lighthouse a dream


11 x 14 oil

I honestly could spend a year just painting this lighthouse and cliffs. The nuances and extraordinary colors are lovely. The name Gay Head is to signify the lovely brilliant colors of the cliffs.

Here is some more fascinating history for this region on Martha’s Vineyard so treasured by visitors and natives:

The character Tashtego in Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick is a harpooner from Aquinnah. This makes me want to re-read Moby Dick!

The beach below the cliffs is called Moshup’s Beach, named after a giant sachem who used to lead the tribe and of whom many myths are told. The ocean is a rare aqua color here with waves heights that are above average for the area. The water sometimes has a reddish tinge resulting from the above cliffs. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the beach was a haven for nude sunbathers who delighted in “clay baths”, though this is now not allowed.

To learn more about this painting and other seascapes:

Martha’s Vineyard Seascapes: Aquinnah Gay Head Lighthouse