House Portraits by North Carolina Fine Artist

House Portraits

I accept commissions of home portraits. I paint house portraits in Watercolor and Oil. I can paint from photos, take my own photos (for local locations) and I also paint on location. A custom house portrait of past or new home will make a precious keepsake and will make a great gift- whether for your spouse, family member, friend or client.Please contact me to commission me for your very own custom home portrait!

Here are sample paintings of homes in Watercolor and Oil.

– Tesh Parekh

Award-Winning Fine Artist & Live Wedding Painter
Available for People, Pet & Home Portrait commissions
Poster artist for 2017 NC Seafood Festival
home portrait commission raleigh nc
Home portrait commission

Annapolis Paintings – original oil and watercolor

Annapolis Paintings done recently in my studio. From a trip I had taken couple of years ago. I was there with Mica and Ian. We had a great time walking around the waterfront. We also took a Cruise which helped me see and capture panoramic view of the city and its harbor. These new paintings have both- boats and cars!

“Annapolis Evening” is watercolor. I may have used bit of opaque white. I wanted to capture colors and energy of the evening so kept the painting loose. I also liked another composition of this same view- I may paint that in the future. Busy traffic on the left side is in contrast to the docked boat on the right side.

“Maryland Avenue, Annapolis” is watercolor. With State House in the background. The shadows define the early afternoon on the street.

“Annapolis Harbor” is oil on linen panel. I used pre-primed linen and applied couple of additional coats of traditional lead ground. Painted in alla prima manner without use of solvents and mediums.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

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Annapolis Evening. 16x20. Watercolor on paper. Paintings of Annapolis
Annapolis Evening. 16×20. Watercolor on paper.
Maryland Avenue. 14x11. Watercolor on paper. Paintings of Annapolis.
Maryland Avenue. 14×11. Watercolor on paper.
Annapolis Harbor. 11x14. Oil on panel. Paintings of Annapolis
Annapolis Harbor. 11×14. Oil on panel.

Elizabeth City Paintings by NC Fine Artist

Elizabeth City Paintings by NC Fine Artist

My Elizabeth City paintings from last year. Painted plein air for the Splash paint out. “Safe Harbor” won third place. “White House” and “Mariner’s Wharf” currently available with Arts of the Albemarle. Other two paintings were sold and are available as prints.

This was my first time visiting and painting beautiful Elizabeth City. I painted for one and half days. First day was stormy! What can you do? Just paint when the rain stops or paint in the car (I am quite used to painting in the car). I enjoyed my stay in this little town and plan to be back later this year for the plein air printout again.

Elizabeth City Paintings. "White House". Watercolor on paper.
“White House”. Watercolor on paper.
Elizabeth City paintings. "Mariner's Wharf". Oil on linen.
“Mariner’s Wharf”. Oil on linen.
Elizabeth City paintings. "Storm over Elizabeth City". Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available.
“Storm over Elizabeth City”. Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available.
Elizabeth City paintings. "Safe Harbor". Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available.
“Safe Harbor”. Watercolor on paper. Third place win in the Splash paint out. Original sold- prints available.



















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Holly Springs Cultural Center is home to my newest paintings of the surrounding area

Holly Springs, NC is a quaint town that is truly that suburb that has it all to be able to call home, but is also not to far from the big city.  I paint in Holly Springs as often as I can and I enjoy the area, no matter what season.  Holly Springs Cultural Center has been so kind to display my work, and will house it there  until the end of the month.  There are a lot of things that attracted me to the area, and you can see that through my watercolors of the area.  Also, I have hung several of my most favorite paintings for you to view in oil and watercolor from my own collection.  All are for sale and all can have prints made of them as well.  Whenever you visit the Holly Springs Library, think of just taking a few minutes to peruse my work!


Flag of Lodge #115, Holly Springs, NC. 11x14. Watercolor on paper
Flag of Lodge #115, Holly Springs, NC. 11×14. Watercolor on paper
Mims House, Holly Springs, NC. 9x12. Watercolor on paper
Mims House, Holly Springs, NC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper

Plein Air Oil Painting “On The Edge” by Raleigh Fine Artist

Plein Air Oil Painting

This is late season portrait of the North Carolina winter. Ground covered with leaves and bare trees. I painted this at one my favorite spots at the Durant Nature Park. I will be doing more plein air painting in oils this year. My interest, as always, is in creating traditional art. I am not interested in broken color effects or masterful brushwork or brilliantly transparent passages. I do not use paint thinners, mediums or any other secret ingredients when I paint in oils. So, my goal is to cover the painting surface with paint layer without worrying about special effects. If the painting turns out to be good, it is simply by-product of focused observation followed by simple execution.

I used Charvin paints for this painting. It is painted on Winsor & Newton canvas panel. I had applied oil painting ground on this panel few months ago. This year is going to be busy for plein air painting. So, I will be certainly exploring more painting surfaces.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

"On the Edge". 8x10. Plein Air Oil Painting on panel.
“On the Edge”. 8×10. Plein Air Oil Painting on panel.

Oil Portrait Commission of Julia by Raleigh NC fine Artist

Oil Portrait Commission of Julia

This oil portrait commission was a Christmas gift for Julia’s grandparents. I was commissioned by Julia’s Dad- Andrew. Based on our consultation meeting, we had decided to do a photo session. We had also decided on the size and medium. Andrew loved one particular image, so, we decided to use that one as a reference. I used stretched linen. When I paint in oils, I do not use thinners or painting mediums. So, I have to work with drying rate of the paint layers. I also rely more on the brushstrokes as I am not using thinned paint. I was able to complete the commission right in time. Andrew approved the final painting and he shared that Julia’s grandmother was in tears when she saw it! That is my ultimate reward. I accept portrait commissions in both watercolors and oils. And if you are looking for Wedding painting commission information, you can contact me via this website or checkout my new website:

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

Julia. Oil portrait commission.
Julia. Oil portrait commission.

Staying connected with my art

I hope you are having an amazing Holiday season! If you keep up with my art (thank you!), you may have noticed that I have been painting more and more. I have done number of watercolors (and some oils) in studio and plein air. Not to mention the sketches which I normally do not  publish due to the volume (I do those to hone my skills). I have sold quite a few paintings, prints and usage rights this year. I am thankful to all my collectors, art patrons and supporters.

As an artist, my first priority is to paint! So, I do not always get to update my website, blog and other online portfolios with my latest finished paintings. However, I normally post updates on my current work. If you will like to stay connected, there are many ways to keep up with my latest work:

My fine art website: (you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive monthly updates and invites to special events)

My Blog:

My Live Wedding painting website:

Fine Art Facebook page: (new fans and likes are always welcome!)

My Live Wedding painting Facebook page:  (new fans and likes are always welcome!)

Instagram: teshparekh

Twitter: @teshparekh




YouTube: my new video channel will be coming in next few months!

I have probably missed out some social media sites but I am sure that you will be able to stay connected at one of the sites listed above!

Here is one of my latest studio painting that is in the progress:

Raleigh Autumn. Watercolor on paper. Work-in-progress. 22x30.
Raleigh Autumn. Watercolor on paper. Work-in-progress. 22×30.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

Live Wedding Painting : first dance of Katherine and Manny by Raleigh NC Live Event Artist

What an amazing weekend! One of the busiest for sure. On Saturday I was honored to paint live at Katherine and Manny’s wedding reception. The reception was at the beautiful North Ridge Country Club (NRCC) in Raleigh NC. The club is not too far from where I live. I have been traveling for assignments, so, this was a good change. This was my third wedding painting commission with A Southern Soiree. Many amazing vendors made this wedding reception absolutely beautiful.

Katherine had a certain vision for this painting. My aim was to create a painting that will meet her expectation while allowing me the artistic freedom. This commission was originally of 16×20 size. When I arrived at the location I decided to paint bigger size of 18×24. This size allowed me to create a composition that captured what Katherine had in mind. And I was able to incorporate elements that described the venue, event and most importantly couple’s very special moment- their first dance, in sufficient detail.

I arrived at the location three hours prior to the first dance. A Southern Soiree team had already suggested a location that will be appropriate for me to setup. As with many of my live painting commissions, my painting was created from the vision I had and not the actual view from where I was setup. To achieve that I move around and create reference sketches. My aim always is not to create a literal painting but work-of-art that captures the special moments.

I started with a blank canvas and then toned it to create warmth of the ambience. I sketched the composition away from my easel, directly on the linen. Here is the sketch:

Live wedding painting in progress at the North Ridge Country Club
Live wedding painting in progress at the North Ridge Country Club. I have finished toning the linen and sketched my composition.

There was plenty of natural light inside so I was able to paint without using additional lighting. The next step was to work out the value design. The challenge being, the light! The light will continue to change. But, painting is all about solving problems. So, I created a value design based on this understanding. I painted broadly even as I started the color stage. And then it was time for the real moment. The first dance! Unlike wedding ceremony which may last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, the first dance is usually 1 to 3 minutes. And depending on the song, couple will move slowly or quickly. As is my practice, I made pencil sketches of the couple as well as the wedding guests. I also snapped couple of photos for insurance. This was helpful for checking the likeness and other features. I do not always use photos for this purpose and rely on my sketches and memory. But, when painting on this scale, it was important to have correct visual information. I painted the couple and then painted the guests. Most important part of my painting was the couple. I painted guests and then tightened the painting and added details. Many guests stopped by to admire the painting. By the time I was finished, it was pretty dark inside as the dance floor was open. So, I used my own lighting. Here is my finished painting still on the easel:

Live Wedding Reception painting at NRCC
Here is my finished live painting of the first dance on easel.

I informed Megan of A Southern Soiree that the commission was complete and can be presented to the couple for approval. I was fortunate to have Chrisobal of Azul Photography present when painting was presented to Katherine and Manny. The couple was simply amazed! And so were the family members and wedding guests. I look forward to seeing those amazing images!

The party was still in progress so Megan was able to display finished painting on an easel. The painting was started prior to the reception and was finished prior to end of the reception. It was time to head home. The next day was Father’s day. But, I was scheduled to work from 7 AM- midnight (welcome to the life of self-employed artist!). I will be blogging about that day on my professional photography blog. Be sure to check that out in few days. Here is the finished painting:

First dance of Katherine and Manny. Painted live at NRCC
First dance of Katherine and Manny. Live wedding painting at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh NC. 18×24. Oil on linen.

My next commission will be in VA. And a studio wedding painting commission from very popular and beautiful local venue is very likely soon. So, if you are already married or are looking for a gift for someone who is already married- think of commissioning me to do a studio painting from wedding photos.

If you like my work, please be a fan of my Facebook page. To paint, all I need is painting materials. To paint for living, I need all the fans and patrons I can get…

– Tesh Parekh

Live Wedding Painter and Fine Artist

All Saints Chapel Raleigh – Live Wedding Painting { Ashley + Chris }

One of my first live wedding paintings was at the beautiful All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. That was a watercolor painting of ceremony back in 2009. So, this historic chapel is very special to me! And I was excited to be commissioned by Ashley’s parents to paint live there again. This was a live wedding painting commission of ceremony in oil.

I arrived at the Chapel early to start painting. I setup in the balcony. It was quite uplifting to paint the Chapel. A century old historic venue. Having earlier access to Chapel allowed me to finish painting the background. Here is my painting in the earlier stage:

Live wedding painting of ceremony in progress at the All Saints Chapel in Raleigh NC
Live wedding painting of ceremony in progress at the All Saints Chapel in Raleigh NC

Once the ceremony started, I made pencil sketches for my reference. It was a beautiful ceremony with very large wedding party! I sketched 21 people to include in the painting. The other ceremony with such large wedding party was when I had painted Rod & Amy Brind’amour’s wedding. One of the questions that I get asked often is if I paint from the photos. The answer is- no. A painting is different from photograph. Hence, I paint from life and rely on my reference sketches. I do take photos as kind of insurance and to check important features. But, my aim is not to copy photographs. This is true even for my studio commissions. Here is a sketch I made during the ceremony and later used as a reference for my painting:

Ceremony sketched live in pencil. I use my sketches for reference.
Ceremony sketched live in pencil. I use my sketches for reference.

Once the ceremony was over, I went over to The Stockroom. This was the reception venue. So many talented vendors had worked to make it look amazing! I love Raleigh downtown. I have done many plein air and studio paintings of Raleigh downtown. So, I especially enjoyed view from The Stokroom windows. I setup near a window to finish the painting. I worked from my references and memory to paint the wedding party. Many guests were able to stop by and look at the painting. Here is my painting, almost finished:

I finished my wedding painting at the Stockroom in Raleigh NC
I finished my wedding painting at the Stockroom in Raleigh NC

Once the painting was finished, I presented it to Ashley’s parents with help of Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day Weddings & Events. It was a pleasure working with Shawn! We have worked together before, but, this was my first time painting at one of her weddings. Ashley’s parents loved the painting and approved it for presentation to the couple. The finished painting was displayed for wedding guests to admire. Here is the finished painting:

Ashley & Chris. Live Wedding Painting at the All Saints Chapel and the Stockroom in Raleigh NC. 16x12. Oil on linen.
Ashley & Chris. Live Wedding Painting at the All Saints Chapel and the Stockroom in Raleigh NC. 16×12. Oil on linen.

This painting was pure oil. I do not use acrylics or any other mediums to dilute oil paints. I do not use toxic materials. I use artist-quality materials and supports. Professionally framed and carefully displayed painting should last for many decades. The same is true for my watercolors. Since I offer live painting in both oils and watercolors, clients often ask me which one is my favorite. The answer is- both! Oils are a traditional medium. Medium of old masters. Watercolors are unique in their own way. Both mediums offer excitement and challenges. It is a personal choice.

Another question I get asked is: if I accept studio commissions that are done from the photos. The answer is – yes. If you are already married, or are not able to secure my live wedding painting service, please know that I do accept studio commissions. I work from reference photos to create the paintings. In fact, I am currently working on a watercolor commission of another All Saints Chapel ceremony!

I am hoping that my process above will help you understand my pricing. A good painting is not an accident! My aim as a full-time visual artist is to create paintings that my clients will treasure forever. I approach each live wedding painting as a commission rather than pure entertainment. I do my homework, and use the best materials. I spend hours working on each live commission. And I create paintings that my clients will proudly display and enjoy everyday. This is not an expense but investment in creating a unique memory of your very special day…

– Tesh Parekh

Live Wedding Painter and Fine Artist

Raleigh Portrait Artist – Oil Portrait on Linen

Ian. Oil on linen. 16x20. Portrait artist - Tesh Parekh
Ian. Oil on linen. 16×20. Portrait artist – Tesh Parekh

This is an oil portrait of my son Ian! I frequently sketch him from life. That practice helps me sketch when I am painting live at weddings and events! This portrait is based on an image I had captured while he was standing by the front door, curiously observing the world outside.

I paint portraits in both oils and watercolors. Portrait commission, like wedding painting commission makes a great gift. Please contact me for pricing.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Wedding Painter