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Hand-Painted Portraits from Your Cherished Photos
by Heidi Coutu

I am excited to work with you!

I am a portrait painter who wants to capture your iconic moments and celebrate the ties that bind couples and families. I will paint from one of your cherished photos and create a portrait that will surely become a family heirloom.

A picture is said to be worth a thousand words; a hand-painted portrait is priceless. Call me now to embark on your personal art adventure.

—Heidi Coutu

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“I will cherish this forever…”

You, in Art!

One of my oil paintings will be the most lasting, unique, and dramatic displays of your wedding day.

While helping my daughter plan her wedding, I realized that couples spend thousands of dollars for their wedding photos. These often live on their computers, in photo albums, or coffee table books. By collaborating with your photographer and helping you choose the perfect photo, I will use my lifelong talent to create an oil portrait that will be enjoyed every day, seen by everyone entering your home, and passed on as a family heirloom. When you commission me, I will create an image that captures the true essence of your relationship.

I can also use the same concept to work from any family photo.


Heidi Coutu has been a working artist since 1984 and her art is collected by individuals and corporations throughout the United States and abroad. With seven one-woman shows and two museum solo exhibitions, she has been featured in Architectural Digest, Art and Antiques, and Veranda Magazines, and on the PBS series, By Their Own Hands. Heidi resided at Yale University as a resident fellow at Timothy Dwight College for five years, where she taught student workshops. She has also taught painting workshops in Tuscany and Mexico.
The portrait phase of her painting career bloomed at Yale. Heidi painted several official portraits which now hang in prominent places throughout the University. Prior to that, Heidi was unaware of her brewing talent for capturing the essence of her subjects. Portraiture presented the greatest challenge of her career, and she has embraced it since.
A traditional formal portrait is very time and labor-intensive. It typically includes several sittings, lighting in the studio or in the location, several in-person consultations, and of course, painting on site.  Heidi has always wished that these personal artworks were accessible to more people. She has found a way to do that through Life Iconic Studio.

She currently lives with her husband and golden retriever on the Connecticut shore where they are restoring a historic home.

Call (203) 936-9284