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live guest paintings

Welcome to a fun little corner of Emily Paints Events, where memories are captured live in wonderfully fun 5x7" watercolour and gouache portraits. The importance of preserving special moments that last a lifetime is what it's all about.

Providing guests at events with beautiful and professionally painted portraits - whether a wedding, corporate event, or private party Emily will paint the excitement and individual personalities of your guests - leaving them with keepsakes that are treasured - and not left on the table.

the style

"We had an amazing experience with Emily at our wedding and would highly recommend her. She is very talented and really added some charm to the event."

aazir, groom

Guests arrive at the painting station as they arrive to the event with clear signage explaining what is happening.

Emily will sketch your guests from life - up to 2 people can be in each painting and each person takes approximately 3-5 minutes.

During the dinner while guests enjoy their meals, Emily paints all of the sketches she has created.

Once complete they are placed into a protective sleeve and all the portraits are displayed on the table for guests to find themselves after the meal is complete.

how it works


package one

Live guest painting up to 50 guests with emily as sole artist

paintings from life (dependant on timeline) some may also be painted from photos

all displayed at event for guests to take home

5x7" 300gsm watercolour paper

painted in watercolour and/or gouache

upper body with portrait style


paintings of your guests created from provided photographs - not live

paintings shipped/delivered before event

5x7" 300gsm watercolour paper

painted in watercolour and/or gouache

upper body with portrait style

can be used as part of place settings, seating charts, favours

50 portrait minimum

package two

if your event has more than 50 guests for live portraits please contact www.statementartstudios.com

frequently asked

How many portraits can be painted?

what is needed from the venue?

 a 6' foot rectangular or round table, and two chairs, one for the artist and one for the guests. Emily can bring her our own black table linen and supplies. If you prefer I use one of your matching linens I absolutely can.

do you have any packages only for cocktail hour?

Most of the drawing does happen during cocktail hour, but the additional time is needed for the painting. if you are open to a drawing only for your guests this may be an option.

what does the booking process look like?

i require both a signed contract an 20% invoice payment to secure your date, with the balance being due one week before the event. Once your booking form is filled and your date is checked for availability the documents will be sent to you - and if you have further questions we can set up a chat before the paperwork is completed.

is this service only for weddings?

not at all, although i love weddings i am also available to paint for other gatherings and corporate events such as launch parties, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday celebrations, holiday parties, corporate events, etc.

our wedding has 300+ guests, can you do guest portraits?

please reach out to statement art studios for events with over 50 guests, or for the full body/faceless style of live portrait.


photography & Videography on this page so kindly provided courtesy of Gold House Studios.