Live Event Painting with Janet Howard-Fatta

Weddings & Special Events

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Bring the romance of art to your event. 

Your events, your parties, your relationships come to life in a painting to have as a lasting keepsake. I tell your story for you, in art, on canvas with your colors, at the places you bring me to, with your family and friends. The painting will unfold into a work of art for you to keep always.

“Live Event Painting” is a unique way to capture the special moments of your event and becomes a family heirloom.  I come to your wedding, celebration, or fundraiser and create a painting on location. I start painting early, painting the basics of the scene.  I work with you in advance to decide what moments you want captured. With many years experience as a fine artist live event painting comes natural to me and my impressionistic style captures the visual poetry. Paintings are then brought back to the studio for additional detail and refinement.

AI don’t even know where to start.. Janet is amazing and her work is breathtaking!!!! She captured everything from our night and our guests were amazed. Everyone says that was such a wonderful highlight of the wedding to watch her work come to life. She is the best book her now!!!


As mother of the bride, I though my daughter was crazy when she told me she hired a wedding painter! They had limited funds for their special day, and I certainly thought a painter was a waste of $$$. How wrong I was. Every guest, every family member, even the staff enjoyed interacting with Janet as she painted. She was the highlight of the reception! And, the final product is breathtaking. Janet captured all the colors and atmosphere of the medieval banquet.. It will be treasured for generations. And, Janet is helping me order prints of the painting to use on thank you notes.

Linda K.

Mother of the Bride

Not just hiring a live event painter, but specifically hiring Janet as our live event painter, was one of the best decisions we made regarding our wedding! She created more than just a painting – she truly captured the feeling and essence of our magical night – I honestly cried when I saw the painting. We now have something so beautiful and unique that shows our wedding day that a photograph could never have captured. Thank you Janet!! Hire Janet and you will not be disappointed!!!

Antonia B.


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How It Works

Contact Me!

Send me a message with your date and location to see if I am available to paint your special day!

Book It!

Don’t let someone else take your date!
A 25% deposit is required to reserve the date of your event and we both sign a contract!

On the Big Day!

I arrive 2-3 hours prior to your event.
I set up and start painting the background elements. While I paint, I will interact with your guests as they watch the painting develop. After the event, I take the art to my studio where I place the finishing touches. 

You can keep a lookout on Instagram for sneak peeks of your finished painting!!


Once the painting is finished it will be hand-delivered or shipped to you, I will give you details tracking details in advance.

Q. What type of paint and materials do you use?
A. I paint with high quality oil paint on pre-stretched canvas.
Q. How many identifiable people can I request in a painting?
  A. I recommend not requesting more than 12 specific recognizable people as it can be difficult to get more than that many in during an event. Most people can be identified in my paintings by key features such as hair color and clothing. Additional people and details can be added after the event though. I include 4-8 hours of touch-ups in the pricing. I ask what is more important to you, the energy or the portraits?  
Q: What do you need at the event site to create the painting?
The setup is minimal and does not require assistance. I bring my own portable easel and a small table. I only need around a 4’ X 6′ area, inside or outside. For evening events, and indoors, I may need an outlet for a lamp. I also need to set up in a place that gives me a good view of whatever scene I am painting.
Q: If my venue will only let you start setting up an hour before, will you have enough time to set up?
A: Ideally I arrive as early as 4 hours in advance, although I only need about 30 minutes to get everything set up to start painting. It is nice for your guests to walk in and see it already begun, but I can keep the whole thing going at once. Anything not completed at the event will be finished in my studio.
Q: My ceremony will be really quick; will you still be able to paint it?
A: Since ceremonies are so short, I like to arrive as early as possible to paint the background. I paint as much as I can during the ceremony itself and also take photos for reference. Then, I stay during the reception and finish your painting working from my photos. This way your guests are able to watch the painting of the ceremony progress while they’re enjoying the party! If I cannot stay for the reception, then I will finish the painting in my studio based on my photos.
Q: Can you do more than one painting at the same event?
  A: I normally create one large painting but I can also do another small oil sketch for an additional fee.  I can do more paintings of different moments from photos after the event. Another idea is do several small sketches in watercolor during the event. Only the highest quality paper and pigments are used. Please inquire.  
Q: My event has already passed. Can I still have a painting based on photos?
A: I am delighted to create a custom painting for you from photos  or video documentation of your event. I can create something about one specific moment or pull a story together from multiple images. I know sometimes it feels like everything is happening at once and I would love to tell your story with paint. You can choose a size and style that fits your budget.
Will my painting be ready to hang on the wall?
Oil paintings are created on a  1 1/2″deep stretched linen . These can be hung on the wall without a frame. A frame can be added later to match your style. I can gladly assist you in choosing a frame. When I take the painting home at the end of the night and do some touch ups I ship the painting to you, (locals are welcome to come pick it up at my studio or are welcome to free delivery.)
What is the deposit to reserve you?
I ask for 25% deposit that reserves your date. The deposit is non-refundable… but please book soon before your date is taken. thank you!

Call today before I am already booked.
Call me at 845-545-2419 or email me at for prices and discuss what you had in mind.