Category Archives: Portraits

Commissioned Portrait of a Mother and Daughter

Here’s a recent portrait of “Kristin and Rylee” completed in oils on stretched linen, 22 x 30 inches.


By Kathy Maniscalco, October 2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico


“Ginger Boy” Cat Portrait (donation for SFAMF)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR December 17, 2017!!  (see invitation below)

Everyone’s invited!!!

Every year, the Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund organizes a Holiday Party and Silent Auction to raise additional resources for the Permanent Fund. More than 200 local artists donate artwork that are 6″ x 6″.  The funds that are raised are disbursed throughout the year to professional artists in Santa Fe with medical needs.

This year, my donation is a casein painting of Toddy, our “Ginger Boy” cat!

Ginger boy cat portrait donation





Bri and her dog Lucy

A recent commissioned portrait, “Bri and her dog Lucy”, 21 x 22 inches, oil on linen by Kathy Maniscalco.

Bri and Lucy


A Portrait of Two Sisters

Meet Caroline and Claire. They live in Minneapolis and their grandmother commissioned this portrait for the family.

Beautiful girls, smart, creative and bi-lingual (they speak French!). So, it was a joy to create a picture of them.

Here are the reasons I love painting portraits:  I feel as if they are keeping me company in the studio, haha, and because of the joy it will bring the family for generations to come.

Caroline and Claire portrait


Portrait of a Young Woman

Hi Everyone –

Had some questions about the process I played with for this painting of a young woman so I’m posting progression photos – this painting experiment was fun but in no way would I say this is archival.
Painted on paper with 2 layers of fixative. Creating was FUN, just working without much plan, letting things develop as I went along. Slathering the paint on with a knife and then sculpting into it with a brush…

My spirit may be freeing up!


Finished painting


Piling on paint with palette knife


Blocked in


Charcoal sketch on paper. Acrylics for black and orange. You can see how my charcoal drawing smeared … reclaimed the drawing using paint up until the end.



Portrait Commission of “Olive Noel” (Red Standard Poodle)

This is a recent commission of a gorgeous, red standard poodle named “Olive Noel”.  Almost life size, the picture is 34″ x 26″ and is painted in oils on Belgian linen.
Here’s what her guardian, Sarah, had to say about it:

“I got my stunningly beautiful Christmas present yesterday…a portrait of my baby, Olive Noel!! Kathy Maniscalco is a portrait artist from Santa Fe and her work is so beautiful!! My parents and I commissioned this piece from her and couldn’t be more happy or thrilled with it…informally, we’re calling it ‘Puppy in the Poppies!’ Check out Kathy’s other work at her studio website Thank you for creating such a beautiful portrait that captures Olive’s personality so perfectly, Kathy!!! I just LOVE it!!!”

Portrait of "Olive Noel", COMMISSION, 34" x 26", oil on linen, by Kathy Maniscalco

Portrait of “Olive Noel”, COMMISSION, 34″ x 26″, oil on linen, by Kathy Maniscalco


Portrait painting progression photos (“Gus”, Spinone Italiano)

This painting of “Gus” is 12 x 12 inches, oil on archival cotton rag paper, mounted to an archival panel.

Quick sketch in oil directly on paper.
Quick oil sketch of Gus

Basic drawing shapes and lay-in with warm and cool colors. At this point I only used ultramarine blue, cad red light and white.
initial lay-in

Continue to adjust the drawing and the values.
drawing and value corrections

Details added to fur, eyes, nose and edges.
Portrait in oil, of Gus


Labradoodle Portrait in Oil, “Tillie”

Portrait of Tillie, Labradoodle


Portrait of Caroline

This commissioned portrait now hangs in Minneapolis, in the home of Caroline’s grandmother. I painted Caroline’s sister Claire too, when she was a little baby. They are the sweetest sisters.

Portrait of Caroline


Portrait of “Maia” (La Princesa)

In October 2012 this portrait was exhibited at the Portrait Society of America “Facing the Muse” show in Albuquerque, NM.

Maia, is a darling girl, always smiling and friendly.  At the time of the sitting for this portrait, she had a huge collection of lip glosses in her purse which she showed me and let me smell.  She is a little princess.

“Portrait of Maia” (La Princesa) is 14×18 inches, oil on linen.

Portrait of Maia