Top-rated Custom Portrait Artist in Phoenix, AZ
Original Pieces byArtist Christina Carmel.

All originals are lovingly created by me, mostly in my Phoenix studio, and sometimes while adventuring somewhere beautiful. When viewing works, keep an eye out for surprise elements of collage that add to the story, and also include nods to my home state of Arizona.

What if?...
Frequently Wondered Worries
What if I need my artwork shipped nationally or internationally?

Easy! All ACC originals are shipped *free* to US addresses. Live outside the US? No worries. You can get your Christina Carmel Original delivered anywhere in the globe (provided they have an operational postal service. Deserted islands are, unfortunately, outside of my range for the moment). Simply enquire about international shipping rates over here on my contact page.

What if I need to return my artwork?

I get it: Buying original art online 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 created the Over the Moon Guarantee. If you’re not utterly thrilled and totally over the moon with your Christina Carmel Original for 30 days, you can ship your piece back to me and get a full refund on the cost of your artwork. 

What if my artwork doesn’t fit on my wall?

I recommend measuring your wall before choosing your Christina Carmel Original. I am also happy to help you envision the piece on your wall. Simply send me an email ( with a photo of your space, including measurements, and I’ll do the rest. I’ll create a to-scale photo rendering of your space and my artwork, so you can see exactly how it would look in your unique space.If, for some reason, your artwork arrives and doesn’t fit on your wall, you can take advantage of my return policy. Not sure what it is? Simply scroll up a little, beautiful.

What if my artwork doesn’t suit my space?

I’m a big believer in the storytelling design methodology. Which is my personal favorite design philosophy that says it’s absolutely fine – and fun! - to ditch matchy-matchy when it comes to your interior style. In saying that, if you’re truly unhappy with how your Christina Carmel Original looks in your home, my Over the Moon Guarantee covers you for up to 30 days

Art that reflects our humanity.

A Christina Carmel Original reminds you to:

  • Love the parts of yourself you may have kept hidden in the dark. 
  • Celebrate yourself as truly beautiful and worthy.
  • Tell the unique stories that matter – for the sake of humankind. 
  • Embrace substance and meaning in your heart and home.
  • Make a statement and take a stand for what you believe in. 
  • Give back – freely and humbly – to your community by thinking global and acting local.

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.

Your sanctuary isn't for silence.

It’s for flipping off beauty norms, gender roles and injustice. It’s for igniting connection and conversation; for making a statement and for taking a stand. And it’s for making a positive mark on the world – starting in your very own space.

Because let’s be real: Blank walls aren’t inspiring – they’re alarmingly boring. 

And you? You *definitely* aren’t boring.

You’re precious, purposeful, messy and magical. You aren’t afraid to walk the path less traveled. You tread carefully – aware of the power of your actions.

Your life and your space are your radical statements – and you’re determined to use them to make a real difference. You’re in the right place. 

My collectors are a super precious squad of change-makers who value meaning, depth, inclusion, and real experiences.

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