Brandes Portraits

A Family's Legacy in Art for the Home

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The Dallas Family


This portrait of Bill and Beverly Dallas and their gorgeous kids was created awhile back on the front porch of their beautiful Lake Sherwood home. When Bev told me that she wanted to hang it over the fireplace of their loggia, I was a bit doubtful. It’s not every day that our portraits are displayed in such an unusual setting, but what a great finishing touch to an incredible outdoor space.

When I did the image of the portrait in the loggia, Bev and I talked about the next portrait we’ll be creating…a painting of just Bev and Bill. I can’t wait to get started! If you’d like to see the original paintings displayed at our two galleries, give us a call.

Mark Brandes

The Last Glance

Kim Shea came in to pick up her painting last week. I had mixed feelings, since I didn’t want to see it leave the studio, but I know she is going to love it as much as we do. The hand painting is absolutely exquisite.

Raleigh Bacharach and Theo

What great inspiration: Erin Duffy’s beautiful stable in Agoura an excellent competitive rider, Raleigh Bacharach and her very cooperative horse, Theo.

Hello from the Web Guru!

Hi there!

My name is Elliott Bowles, and I have been working at Brandes Portraiture for a couple of years now. I have to say that working here has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had. I’m only a senior in high school, but I have gained so much experience from working with Mark and April over the past few years!

My job includes working on the website, sending out eblast newsletters, and helping with tech support here at the studio in Calabasas. As I have a huge passion for all things digital, I couldn’t ask for a better job.

A few weeks ago, my family and I had a family portrait done. As part of that session, we took a couple of shots of me that I plan on using as senior photos for when I graduate. It was fun to be on the client side of things for once, and I had a fabulous experience!

So next time you see an update on the website or receive an eblast from the Brandes, you know a little more about where it came from. Have a wonderful summer everybody!
Elliott Bowles

Web / IT Guru

Help! We Need a Name

Everyone knows that April and I are over the moon to have a granddaughter. So you can imagine how much it means to us to have our own painting of our now multi-generational family.

This painting is in an entirely new style but we haven’t come up with an incredible name for these new images . That’s where you come in. We are looking for a name that expresses both independent spirit and connectedness. These portraits give the happy confidence of being all that you naturally are.

So we are having a little competition. Send us your name ideas on our Facebook Page or in this blog’s comments, and if we ultimately choose yours, we’ll give you a 15″ painting done in this great new style! Hurry. We need to decide by July 15th.

New Blog Now Live

Although you shouldn’t notice much of a difference, the blog has been improved and transferred to a new platform. Everything still works the same, but things should be smoother and easier to use. If you see any bugs or problems, be sure to leave a comment to let us know so we can fix it! Also, those of you who read the blog through a feedreader should update the feed to the new URL.

Our Newest Brochure Arrives Tomorrow!


All of us at the studio are excited about the new brochure that will be delivered to us this week. My approach to portraiture is always evolving, and I thought it was time to show some of the newest paintings and photographic images. Most of the portraits were made since we opened the new studio/gallery in Calabasas almost exactly a year ago. You can download the digital version of the brochure below, or if you would prefer a physical copy give us a call at 805.367.8100.

Download Brochure (PDF)

Our newest painting…


I couldn’t wait to post our newest painting of 5 year old Chelsea Darrow making a flower bouquet in a field by our studio. I love that we captured something that really shows who Chelsea is and what she really loves to do.

The Pompillo Family’s Latest Portraits


I love when I get to create portraits for the same family many times over. We first met the Pompillo family when I was a wedding photographer 25 years ago! Last week, we had a fantastic afternoon at the beach with the entire family. It was so much fun and as the sun set that afternoon, I knew they would have beautiful portraits from another important time in their life: Their oldest grandson is about to head back east on a baseball scholarship at Villanova. He will be the first one to leave the area in all this time!

Exhibit at Thermal


Earlier this month, we installed a beautiful exhibit at the Thermal Equestrian Show in Indio, California. It features several top equestrian riders, including Hannah Selleck, Ashlee Bond and Will Simpson. Seen in the paintings here are renown riders Joie Gaitlin and Michelle Parker.

We are raising money for the RideOn Charity, and these equestrian superstars graciously helped out. If you’d like to have a portrait of your family (whether or not you own a horse!), we’ll donate your session fee to RideOn in your name.

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