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 more — I would love to discuss your personalized watercolor home portrait, surface pattern design, illustration, or mural 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.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and discussing your ideas and projects; I'm open to licensing and illustration for Surface pattern design.

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

 Let's connect; contact me.



Watercolor Portraits




Morgan Brahms (May 2021)

Elyse does an incredible job with these water colors! My real estate team has now used her for several closing gifts and our clients have been thrilled to received these water colors of their home. Elyse is also really quick to reply and make sure you like the product before she sends it to you. I highly recommend trying her out.. you won't be disappointed! I know we'll be ordering more of these very soon

Nick Loveless, Seattle realtor (September 2020)

I have ordered numerous home paintings from Elyse with Artistic Home Portrait and they have all come out fantastic! They make great housewarming gifts for new home buyers and the feedback I have received from the recipients has been incredible. I would not consider using anyone else for a high quality home portrait!

Karen Heathwood (May 2021)

Beautiful painting! Love it! It's perfect and so was my experience with this shop. Great communication, professional, efficient.....all the gushing! Not to mention the lovely packaging. Elyse is a special talent hand painting personal fine art of the highest quality with skill and heart. Just excellent. Thank you.

Dee (March 2021)

Elyse was so wonderful to work with. Please don’t hesitate to make a purchase from her. She is extremely professional, very detail oriented and made sure that I was happy with her drawing before going any further. I’m so happy with the watercolor she did of our future nursery. Thank you! I’ll be purchasing again soon!

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!