One of my good freelancer friends recently moved with her family from Falls Church to Vienna, but they took a piece of their old house with them in the form of a beautiful watercolor sketch, which is now a lovely reminder of all their good times there. Architectural paintings can be so much richer than photography—there’s something about the paint strokes that gives them personality and character.
That’s why I was excited to learn about Leisa Collins, an artist who splits her time between DC and California. She’s painted homes all over the DC area, and is in the process of developing a book of her architectural paintings from all 50 states.
Here’s a sampling from her Flickr albums. It’s a window into the incredible diversity of architecture across our city and region:
Leisa has a portfolio of more than 1,500 homes and historic buildings in 43 states so far. “Homes are like people,” she says. “They’re all uniquely different, and have their own personality and style.” I’ll say. She takes commissions, in case you want your own home immortalized.