collected artist, Liz van der Werff creates portraits in Oils, Pastels,
Watercolor and Acrylic - -
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"I just wanted to
let you know that I received the painting on Saturday and I
absolutely love it! You are right… it is even better in person! You
really did do an amazing job of capturing Max’s little spirit.
Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put into his
painting. I really appreciate it. " - Julie D.
detail from memorial painting
of Max - Library Cat
"The paintings arrived
last week. My dads has been wrapped up for Christmas, and my two
are at the frame shop. I think they are great! Well done! They
are worth every penny.
"I showed 'Lucky'
to my husband, and he was impressed. That's one naysayer converted!!!
I can't wait to hang my two in our home. I have been scanning the
walls, and am totally prepared to move everything else around to
give them the perfect spot. "
- M.MP Bermuda
(these miniature paintings
are only 4" square)
are TOTALLY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
"I know Buck told
you the story that we'd seen dog portraits in this style and
attempted to get them. Theshop was supposed to call us back and
tell us if they could have the artist paint a White German Shepherd,
and they evidently couldn't be bothered despite my contacting
them several more times. That was about a year ago. I was always
disappointed that the paintings didn't materialize and mentioned
it a couple of times. I didn't know anyone was listening!!!
"Now, I'm GLAD
THEY DIDN'T follow through. YOUR paintings appeared today and
I almost fell over! I kept repeating over and over again, "I
LOVE them! OMG, they're AMAZING!"
"For me, someone
who is never at a loss for words, I'm dumbfounded trying to find
a way to tell you how BEAUTIFUL these paintings are. You've captured
Lucky, right down to her teeth! They're exquisitely painted and
are so much more than "just a dog portrait".
the sense of humor and love within you as well. Thanks
SO much for making this the finest, most personal gift I've ever
received. Straight from your talent, and your heart. It shows
how deeply you care about pleasing us as well as yourself!
"I wish you all
the best, and from the depth of my heart, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
(with a BIG hi, and THANK YOU from Buck & Lucky!)
"Liz, oh my gosh....
You should have been there ... everyone asked who you were, where
I met you, how did you (meaning ... me) do this??? You should have
seen the bride and grooms faces when they saw their (your) portrait!
You totally missed out - on the reaction! The faces of everyone
who saw your work, displayed up there! They all thought Disney
did it as a special gift... at 1st! but when they looked close
to the detail, the little glint hidden in Kristen's eyes, and Martin's
exact ... and I mean ... EXACT smile! They all knew it was special! Really unique, and a gift to be treasured forever!
"The wedding coordinator
even moved it into the banquet room (right in front of the head
table, and roped off, so no one could even touch it! After the
pre-reception, where it was displayed in front of the guest book!
) So it was even a center piece at the reception!"
- - V.C., Cherry
"Thank you for a
great job on the wedding portrait. It looks great. Again, I appreciate
your hard work. This really topped
- P.M. Petersburg,
for their service, members of the military receive a discount.
van der Werff's artwork was used for the cover of the Santa
Barbara Alzheimer's Association in 2002 & 2004
is SO BEAUTIFUL!! I did not think it was possible
for someone to create the picture I had in my mind and heart that
the love and devotion that Bear has shown to us. As I opened the
portrait I was stunned to see how you had put his heart and soul
right there in his eyes - it is difficult for me to believe that
you have never looked into that precious face yourself.
There are no words that
could ever convey how very much we thank you for gift that you
have given us. He not only holds a place of honor in our hearts
but now thanks to you he will forever be a part of our lives.
Working with you was
a great pleasure. Thank you again for such a wonderful portrait
and the experience of being a part of the process each step of
I hope that everyone
that desires a quality work of art is lucky enough to find your
website as I was. I look forward to working with you again in
the future. - - - J.C.
Oh my God .
I am sooooo thrilled with the portrait. You are phenomenal. Its
going to be so hard to hold onto it until Christmas. My husband
was very curious about the contents. I just kept tell him its
none of your business whats in there. I finally snuck into
the bathroom, opened it up and just stood there totally amazed.
This is probably the best Christmas present hes ever gotten.
dog's likeness is remarkable. Considering you only had photos
to work with Im
Thanks again for your
hard work. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you.
Awesome portrait. The
portraits looks better than the photos, it was as if you were painting
with Kemper in front of you.
To say it is excellent
is a understatement. I have been sitting here crying and just looking
at the picture. You have truly captured her total essence. Thank
you so much for the outstanding job and the thoughtfulness of help
prior to starting the potrait.
- Debby R.
just wanted to thank you so much for doing the painting of my dog
Kemper. My sister gave it to me for Christmas. It is such
a perfect picture of my dog who is no longer with me. I cried and cried at
the beauty of the painting and how realistic it truly is. I will
treasure it forever. Your work is superb and I sincerely thank
you for doing such beautiful work.
- Diane R.
got our portrait today, and love it! You really captured
his expression. The detail in the face is amazing. We will
definitely recommend you to other people.
Thank you so much for
making such a wonderful portrait. We absolutely love it. My parents
will too, I have no doubt. Thank you also for being so prompt.
We all know how crazy the Christmas season is!! Anyways, we just
wanted to say that we are absolutely thrilled with the outcome
and this will most likely be the best Christmas present that my
parents may have ever received
is AWESOME!! My wife teared up the moment she opened it. I had it
put in a nice antique gilded frame. It's a nice coincidence that
the colors in the room where we have it hanging are yellow and blue,
received my portrait today and it is absolutely breathtaking. I am
overwhelmed with emotion as I look at it. The sad reality is, that
our furry companions are only with us for a short while, but through
this portrait their beauty, spirit and memory can live on long after
their bodies have departed this earth. "Thank You" for
sharing your talent, you have been given a special gift. ~update~
He absolutely LOVED it! He really thought you captured
the soulful look in their eyes, he thought it was amazing. This
will be a birthday to remember for a long time.
Many Thanks! - Connie O., Pearland,TX
portrait is unbelievable! It brings them all to life. Both
my husband and I are awestruck by the likenesses. I think it was
the best wedding present I could have given him, thank you so much!
- Sue T., Horsham, PA
artist's note - this
portrait was created from a b/w photo using color references.
Liz van der Werff's artwork
as the cover art for the 2002 Alzheimer's Conference
in Santa Barbara, California
"Thank you for Lance's
beautiful portrait. The
portrait turned out better than I ever expected. You captured his
spirit and his loving nature. It
took a while for me to decide the best way I could remember Lance
and I'm glad I finally decided the portrait was the best way. Even
though he's only with me in spirit every time I look at his portrait
it brings a smile to my face and all the fond memories of him back.
I can not express how grateful I am you took this project on. You were
so patient with my concerns and changes I made along the way. It was
so important to capture him the way I remembered him and you did that.
It was a pleasure working you."
- Kim L., Chester VA
called me in tears telling me it was the best gift he has ever
received. I was seriously touched. I must admit when I opened it
I was emotionally overcome. It was so beautiful. He loved the portrait
so much. He commented that even
though the picture I sent showed her on the floor of his house,
the background you chose showed her in a place she enjoyed most.
The pretty green outdoors.Kind
of like her backyard in Washington a few years ago when she used
to chase the squirrels up these huge evergreen trees. Yes we are
both very happy that we will have this painting of her always to
reflect on the great times we had with our girl and all of our
friends and family throughout 14 years of her life and ours. The
memories really come flowing back. You have really touched our
hearts and are a superb artist in my eyes and my brother's as well.
We will treasure it forever. It was an absolute pleasure working
with you. I can tell you put a lot of love into your work.
- David K., Henderson,
artist's note - Roc's
name is painted into the foliage in the background of the portrait.