Elyse Whittaker-Paek

artist + illustrator


Thank you so much for stopping by!

I invite you to browse through this site to see examples of custom, hand-painted watercolor portraits of homes, along with digital backgrounds for newborn photography and children's book illustrations — I would love to discuss your personalized watercolor home portrait or other illustration project you might have in mind.

With a BFA in Illustration, my professional experience includes character design, prop design, and storyboards, working for more than 10 years in the animation industry in Los Angeles, where I collaborated with creative teams at the Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon studios. My credits include the feature film Space Jam and Nickelodeon TV shows such as "Dora the Explorer," "Hey Arnold," and "Oswald the Octopus."

As a children's book illustrator, I was thrilled in 2014 to win first place at the Feathered Quill Book Awards for I'm So Hollywood in the Summer Saltz book series. Several of the books I've illustrated — including the recently published The Magic Red Dress and Theodore and Hazel and the Bird — featured in the February 2019 Alumni Art Exhibit at La Sierra University's Brandstater Gallery, in Riverside, CA.

A native of Sydney, Australia, I currently reside in Los Angeles with my husband and two crazy-sweet boys.

I look forward to working with you on your next project! Contact me.


Watercolor Portraits




Danette Rutherford (July 2019)

I couldn’t be more thrilled with my watercolor portrait! Elyse captured my home exactly how I described it to her. She added the details to the trees and flowers, and it is beautiful! Since we have moved from the home, I wanted to surprise my husband with it. He loved it as well and stared at it in amazement. she shipped it in two days after I placed the order! So happy with this shop! Thank you so so much! We will treasure this reminder of our family memories.

Rick Wright (June 2019)

We couldn’t be more thrilled with our piece! It’s visual reminder of all the things we loved about our first home and our home town. Seller was amazing to work with and absolutely nailed the essence of our former home. I definitely recommend her services!

Pam Johnson (July 2019)

Very responsive and fast! The end result was just what I was looking for as a gift for a friend who had just remodeled a Historical Landmark as their home. The turn around was much faster than I thought and it came out beautifully.

Sheryl Silverman (June 2019)

AMAZING! The painting is beautiful. In addition to being an extremely talented artist, Elyse also provided such a great experience. The portrait was a gift for my husband and he absolutely loved it! Elyse was great with the details, super quick, and very responsive. I highly recommend!

alishaingraham (July 2019)

I’ve purchased 3 watercolor paintings from Elyse for my clients and they have all been just gorgeous. They are the perfect gift!

Leslie Hudson (March 2019)

Elyse brought my vision to life. Looking at the finished product warms my heart. I treasure it. Thank you, Elyse!