Top-rated Custom Portrait Artist in Phoenix, AZ

Custom Portraits by

Artist Christina Carmel

Home is where your heart – and art - is.
And whether it’s sourcing something special for your own sanctuary, or creating the perfect heirloom for your loved one, you’re determined to support art with heart.  Because real magic isn’t limited to fiction and fables. Magic is made in the moment – with the people that mean the most to you. Now it’s time to celebrate them in all their glory. 

Recent Custom Portraits

My custom portraits allow you to capture a precious moment in time and turn it into a gift that’ll last a lifetime. 

We’ll collaborate one-on-one as creative partners, and you’ll be immersed in an exclusive, full-service experience and process to bring your vision to life.

The final result?

A portrait that’s more than just pretty, but marries magic with meaning for artistic storytelling that celebrates the ones you love most. 

How it works

Let's create something beautiful together.

Curious exactly how your beautiful idea will be transformed into completely custom art that’ll bring joy and connection for an eternity to come?


The virtual coffee date

Decided you’re up for creating something beautiful together? Great! Once you reach out, I’ll send over an online questionnaire for you to complete to help us hone in on your vision. Once you’re finished, you’ll receive my ‘Custom Portrait Journey Guide’ (if you haven’t got it already) so you have an easy roadmap to refer to for our adventure. Finally, we’ll catch up over a casual, zero-obligation and completely free virtual coffee date/consult.

We’ll chat about your ideas, concerns, hopes, fears and inspiration for creating a custom piece of art, and I’ll guide you through my entire process so you feel safe, confident and excited about the journey ahead.


We make it official

If our coffee date convinced you I’m the artist for your adventure, I’ll shoot over a proposal and contract outlining the specifics of our project. 

It’ll cover:

  • Size
  • Number of people I’m painting
  • Investment
  • Anticipated Start and Delivery Date

When you give me the green light, I’ll collect a $250 USD non-refundable deposit, uncork some virtual bubbly with you, and officially schedule you into my calendar, and onto my VIP Anticipation List - my own unique term for waiting list. 

Before your work commences, I’ll collect 50% of the total investment (minus the deposit).


Your artist (me!) is unleashed

Once our start date arrives, I’ll grab the brushes, pour myself a coffee (or four) and happily dive into my zen painting zone.

As my VIP Partner-in-Creativity, you’re an important part of this process too.

You’ll receive regular updates with visuals that ensure you feel like you’re right there next to me, watching as your custom portrait transforms from a few pencil lines on a canvas, to a fully developed portrait of the people you love. 

(Told ya it was magic.)

PS – To help me capture the details of your custom piece, I might ask you to send over additional shots, like close-ups of your loved one’s eyes. The beauty is in the details, and I want to make sure I translate every brushstroke perfectly.


You review your piece

Now it’s your turn.

Once I have “finished” your painting and am confident the piece is ready for you to review, I’ll send over photos. You’ll receive a close-up of each face, as well as close-up shots of any other pertinent details (and any other photos you’d like to peruse).

Then? We'll schedule a phone or video conference to discuss everything you love and everything you wish was a little different. If you’re a Phoenix local, I’ll brew us some coffee, and invite you to stop by the studio to see your work in person. 

I work to make you jumping-for-joy like a kid on Christmas morning happy.

Which means … edit away, beautiful! During our two rounds of edits, I’ll work to ensure you’re totally delighted with your final portrait and then, once you’re grinning with glee, I’ll collect the remaining 50% before shipping your custom piece, free of charge, direct to your door.


Congratulations! You're officially an ACC collector and part of our super precious squad.

Before you know it, your beautiful, completely custom artwork will arrive at your door – ready to be cherished and adored. 

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Pricing Information

Custom portraits pricing and investment

ACC custom portraits are priced per person, rather than by size. So dream big, because these prices reflect canvas sizes from 18x24 all the way up to 30x40. 

(A believer in bigger being better? Good news: We can always go bigger if it’s your heart’s desire. Larger canvases are priced per project.)


  • One to two people: $5,500
  • Three people: $6,300
  • Four people: $7,000
  • Six + people: Price on application

Payment Structure:

1. We start with a $250 USD deposit to schedule you on my calendar.
2. Before the magic begins, I'll collect 50% of the total investment (minus the $250 deposit).
3. Once completed, edited, and given the seal of total delight, I will collect the second 50% of the deposit, before shipping the work.

What if?...
Frequently Wondered Worries
How much is shipping?

After the advent of Amazon Prime, who can stand shipping costs? Not me. Which is why all Christina Carmel paintings include free shipping to US addresses. You can still get your custom painting delivered anywhere on the globe. Simply enquire about international shipping rates over here on my contact page. 

What if I don’t like it?

I get it: commissioning custom artwork can feel a little nerve-wracking. But I want you to leave your stress for the big stuff (like global warming, voting and social justice).

Which is why I have included two rounds of 1:1 editing sessions in the investment of your custom painting. You’re a compassionate soul who hates to hurt anyone’s feelings, but during the edit phase, I need you to speak up! This is your chance to really become my partner-in-creativity to make your painting picture perfect.

My goal is for all custom works is over-the-moon, beaming from ear-to-ear happiness. We’ll work together during the editing phase to get you there.

How long does this normally take?

This really depends on how long my VIP Anticipation List is. After our consult, I will give you an estimated start date and an estimated delivery date. Once started, most paintings take about four to six weeks to complete.

Upon completion, the editing phase usually lasts about 1-2 weeks. Please remember that, just like each one of us, these works are individuals, so your project may take a shorter or longer period of time to complete.

Absolutely Amazing! Christina painted a picture of our 4 grandchildren and it is perfect. Looking at the painting takes me back to the very moment the picture she painted from was taken. The joy in their faces is the joy of that exact second of time. Having Christina do a painting is more than just the final product. She kept me informed the whole way with pictures of the progress. She let me visit the studio so we could discuss exactly what I wanted in the picture, what was exactly how I wanted it, and what wasn’t quite right. She asked questions about the kids, the family, the situation so she could really understand us so she could make the picture perfectly retell the moment. That’s why she was able to capture not just the scene but the emotion. She asked for closeup pictures of faces so she could get the eyes, hair, and every detail right down to their dimples perfect.She’s the best!

We received one of Christina’s paintings as a wedding present and were so blown away by the realistic qualities. Little details like my own hands. Something I look at everyday and know so well she was able to capture so accurately. I was equally moved by the impressionistic qualities of the piece’s stylistic whimsy like Christina’s playful use of color and the painting’s movement from her soft brush stroke style. It is truly the most special gift we received.

In the day and age of technologically enhanced art, it is incredibly refreshing to see art with such vibrant personality, imagination, and realism that is created from nothing but a brain and a paintbrush. Christina has an uncanny ability to recreate your favorite photo while breathing brand new life into it at the same time. Her creative use of color schemes and brush strokes ensure that your painting is YOURS and not a cookie-cutter recreation of your favorite photo. I commissioned Christina to paint a picture of my favorite athlete, LeBron James. There's no doubt thousands of paintings of LeBron around the globe, but there certainly isn't one close to mine, and that feeling is quite special. Professionally speaking, Christina completed my commission in a very timely manner, frequently sent me updates of the progress, and always asked if I had any suggestions for improvement (I didn't have any). If you're on the fence about whether or not you should spend the money to commission Christina to make your favorite picture come to life, get off the fence, do yourself a favor and do it. There's an overwhelmingly great feeling knowing that you possess something that nobody else in the world has.

My husband and I fell in love with Christina Carmel’s paintings at Phoenix Pride this year so much so that when we bought one of her “She Series”, “SHEar Power”, we completely redecorated our entire bedroom around her! We also plan to do a commission from Christina very soon. 😊 Christina is beautiful inside and out and our story of meeting her and being able to wake up everyday to one of her paintings is truly priceless!

They say, a picture is worth a thousand words. My belief.....MUCH more than that!  There is also a story behind every picture.  And what Christina captured for me, is much more than meets the eye.  She not only impeccably portrayed my raw emotions in that very moment, but helped me realize an AWAKENING in me that had been strengthening for years.  Christina, THANK YOU for truly hearing my story and reminding me that SELF LOVE and SELF CARE, must come first. Before all else! I am eternally grateful to you for gracing my portrait with your love, beautiful spirit and soul! I love you Teeny, my forever soul sister 💞✨

I LOVE Christina’s work. It’s so honest and REAL. Her work is s true representation of women and people in society. She doesn’t paint what a stereotypical society thinks people should look like, who they should love, or what an “ideal” look of happiness is. I bought her CEO painting and it is by far one of the most exquisite pieces I’ve ever had. She portrayed the strong black woman in a simple, colorful, and breathtaking way. This painting is how I see myself, and I thank her for creating it. She’s AMAZING!

I’ve commissioned Christina for two paintings, and will continue to use her for any time I need new artwork! I am in love with her signature, colorful style. She is very communicative throughout the process and sent process updates throughout so I could let her know if I wanted any adjustments - but she was so great I never needed to make any! Thank you Christina for your beautiful work, my whole family loves it!

Christina is an amazing artist who so perfectly captures the relationships, thoughts and feelings of the subjects in her paintings. We own her piece "Finally." She is great to work with, is very quick to respond to messages and is very flexible in working with clients who want to bring her pieces home!

There is so much life in Christina's art! The way Christina captures the essence of these amazing figures is beyond beautiful and more than eye-catching. The colors are on another level! Christina is an incredible human being and her passion for people shows through her awe-inspiring talent. I'm a proud owner of a beautiful and powerful piece painted by Christina and cannot wait to be the owner of more. Christina's work is not to be missed and she can do custom orders too!

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Excited to be the proud owner of a Christina Carmel piece that I’ve been admiring and finally purchased. Cannot wait to have “Cigar Ladies” framed and in the house, it brings so much fun energy to any space it occupies and is hard to pass without smiling. Highly recommend checking out Christina’s collections, powerful art that possesses an uplifting spirit and is visually captivating.

Christina is not just an incredibly gifted artist, she’s an incredible human being.  My commissioned painting of me and my precious cat that recently passed is my most treasured possession. The way she was able to capture our special bond and love made my heart just feel like it was exploding.  I truly didn’t know what to expect but any expectations I may have had were completely surpassed. She made certain she had every detail perfected.  Christina puts her whole heart and soul into her work and that is why it’s extra special. Highly recommend her for any painting you may want.

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Meet the woman turning brush strokes into stories.

I’m Christina Carmel, and I create beautiful, thought-provoking artwork that tells a personal story and invites you and your loved ones to join in on the conversation. It’s statement storytelling with soul; inclusive art with heart - provoking conversations that celebrate the rawness, realness, love, compassion, heartache, and joy of our shared human experience. 

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