Maggie Smith Kuhn


Drawings generally take 2-3 hours, watercolors take 3-4 hours, and acrylic paintings require me to set up before the event, so I can get in a full 5 hours to finish the work. No matter how long your event is, however, I will make sure the artwork is completed and perfect before you receive it, even if that means an overnight trip to my studio. Every now and then I run across an evening so complex and crazy that it needs more time, or an unexpected time crunch.

All of my materials are archival and museum quality, so that your painting or drawing is heirloom quality. Watercolors are created on cold-press archival cotton paper with Winsor & Newton watercolor paint, and acrylic paintings are created on stretched cotton canvas with Golden artist acrylic paint and Winsor & Newton professional acrylic paint.

The acrylic paintings are finished on a canvas that you could potentially hang on your wall, the minute you get home. It’s up to you how/if you want to frame them. The watercolors will require framing, for the artwork’s protection from damage and for proper display. 

I bring all my own gear, including my easel, a light to see by, and a water jar. All I need is a place to get water (which is never a problem) and an electrical outlet close by, in case I need to plug in my light.

Of course! If the drive is over an hour from my home-base of Atlanta, Ga, I only ask that my travel costs be covered by the client. If the venue is more than three hours away by car, the client must provide a plane ticket, and a hotel room for one night if I can’t catch a red-eye after the event is over. 

Absolutely. I’ll set up and start painting before the ceremony starts, work during the ceremony on your precious faces, then finish the painting during dinner, so people can watch the creation in real time.

If the ceremony is long (longer than 15 min) and the venues of the ceremony and the reception are less than a mile apart, then I can paint two watercolor paintings on your big night. This is a rare and difficult thing to do, so I have to discuss the venue and timing with each individual bride before I agree to this particular package. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough time for me to start and finish the ceremony painting, travel to the reception, and start and finish the reception painting too. I want to make sure every event painting is perfect!