Portrait Paintings: Bringing happy memories to moms, dads and children.

Julia and Emily, 8×8″ portrait painting.

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Hi, my name is Jessie Rasche, and I am a professional American portrait artist.

I specialize in painting the connection between two people in oil paint on canvas. Many of my portrait paintings have two people (or animals) together, and the painting captures their relationship. I can work from your photos or in person to capture the beauty and character of the person you love. My paintings have a painterly quality which will give you much to explore while you relax and enjoy a visual stroll of a lasting memory.


Most of my portraits have been of moms and young children bonding, but I have also painted a number of dads and children, siblings, individual people, horses and pets, as well as memorial portraits.

Information about my professional artistic qualifications is on my Meet Jessie page. A quick overview is that I have been a professional portrait painter for 8 years. In that time my portrait paintings have been purchased by families from Maine to California, from Canada to Texas, and even in the UK. I’ve won awards, become represented by well respected galleries, and two of my large landscapes are now in a public collection in SD. And most importantly, all of my collectors have reported that they are happy with their purchase.

I paint portraits because I want to bring joy to my collectors’ daily lives.


How a Portrait Painting Comes to Life


Click the image to zoom in on this painting, and see the lovely detailing in the faces, and the painterly quality when up close. 14×18 inch oil portrait.

Professionally, carefully crafted oil paintings take time and skill.

Here are some of the steps that were involved in a recent portrait of a lovely young woman and her stunning horse, commissioned by the girl’s loving grandmother.

First, I visited with the client and took many photos of the girl interacting with her horse, and then searched through the photos looking for ones that captured their personality and relationship.There was a client-visit to the studio to see paintings of different sizes and to help them decide on the right size for them.

The video below starts with me sketching up some of the collector’s favorite poses, to help with decision making. When the focus is narrowed down to just the young woman and horse, it’s easier to see what will come through in the portrait painting.

Here is a video showing how the painting came together from sketch to completion:

If you’re ready to get your portrait painting started, you can call (605-695-5815) or email me with photos and tell me about your loved one and what you hope to have captured in your portrait painting.


How the Commissioning Process Works

Click the image to zoom in on this painting, and see the lovely detailing in the faces, and the painterly quality when up close. 9×12 inch oil portrait painting.

 We talk through email or phone, I’ll send you an invoice, we’ll send a few pictures back and forth, and when you’re happy your painting is, double-boxed with padding, and shipped to your door. It’s that simple.

For collectors who like things simple, the process is very simple.

When a collector wants to be more involved or likes a more formal process, here are the steps involved in commissioning and painting a professional oil portrait:

1)  We’ll talk on the phone or by email about the project, and find out if I’m the right portrait artist for your project. If so, a deposit is due.

2) If you’re local or close (to East-Central South Dakota), or would like to fly me to you or come to me, I will take photos, and may make sketches and take notes. If you would like to sit for the entire process, that is a great option as well. If you want to use your own photos, email those to me.

8×6 inch portrait painting. At this small size, you are zoomed in pretty close when viewing on the computer, so you can see the deliberate, painterly quality of the painting right away. Step back to see the painting come together into a cohesive visual experience.

3)  I’ll show you sketches and make sure you’re happy with the design before beginning. Once you are happy with the design, painting begins! Depending on size this can take from one week to a few months, during which time you will receive updates.

4) Your painting is complete! You have the opportunity to approve the finished painting, you’ll pay the balance, and your painting will be delivered or shipped to you.

You now own a beautiful, unique and original portrait painting celebrating your love.


What Collectors Have Said


14×11″ mom and baby commissioned portrait painting. Click the image to see their lovely faces and hands, and the brushwork.

I am so proud that my collectors are all happy with their paintings. I have a Love it Guarantee, but since I began selling portraits in 2008 every single collector has said they are happy.

As an artist, I put a little piece of my heart and soul into each of my paintings. Knowing that they are out in the world bringing joy to their collectors is very satisfying.

Here are a couple testimonials.

Hi Jessie….my wife loves the painting! She was pretty emotional about it :). Thank you so much for allowing me to give a wonderful lasting Christmas gift!! -Wade

Oh my gosh!!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with tears in my eyes… I am in love with this painting.  You are so talented you blow me away.  I love the way you captured his eyes and his expression.  This painting is full of emotion. – Jennifer


To read many more collector testimonials, visit my testimonials page.

After the Bath, 6×6″ commissioned portrait. I love the tenderness the dad is showing.

10×8 inch non commissioned painting. I wanted to capture their tender moment.

Oil Portrait Painting Sizes and Price Information

The right portrait size is easiest to decide if you know where you would like to hang the portrait painting. I’ve made a little description below of good size choices for different room or seating area sizes. If you want to talk through this choice, feel free to contact me. I won’t try to up-sell; I want you to have the best painting for you. A painting that you’ll love forever. 

24×30” – This large size is great when the painting will be placed in a large room, entry, or focal space. $1800.

16×20” – This medium / large size is great for both intimate and large rooms. $900.

11×14″ – This small / medium size is great for intimate environments as well as medium sized rooms.  $600.


If you’re ready to get your portrait painting started, call (605-695-5815) or email me with photos and tell me about your loved one and what you hope to have captured in your portrait painting.


Gift Certificates for Portrait Paintings


Many of the portraits I paint are gifts for spouses and other close family. I love being part of this! Usually for these gifts, the collector has photos for me to use.

Occasionally, a collector wants to give a gift certificate for a painting, and let their loved one model for their painting, or choose which photos I paint from for their portrait painting. So I’ve designed this pretty gift certificate so you’ll have something lovely to wrap up and gift.

If you’re ready to purchase a gift certificate,  call (605-695-5815) or email me, or use the PayPal Add to Cart button below.

Choose a portrait painting size (listed large to small), then click Add to Cart. Price includes one to two subjects and shipping in the US. Paintings are unframed, and can be painted on studio wrapped canvas which is ready to frame, or gallery stretched canvas, ready to hang unframed for a contemporary look.


Corporate Portrait Paintings

Paintings for a corporate environment are generally more traditional paintings, and require more planning, sittings and more time painting. Prices reflect the additional time required.

Corporate Portrait Pricing

Medium – Large Corporate Portraits:
14×11″ to 24×18″  —  $800-2500

Extra Large Corporate Portraits:    
30×24″ — $5000

Custom sizes and payment plans are available.

Corporate pricing includes a nice frame and shipping / delivery within the US and Canada. Price does not include travel outside the area (if necessary). Tax will be charged for non-exempt collectors if delivered within South Dakota.

If you would like to inquire about a corporate portrait, call (605-695-5815) or email me to get started.


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