Commissioned painting – Desert Retreat

This commissioned painting was completed in the 2nd half of last year, and is titled “Desert Retreat”. It is a 44×20 Acrylic on Canvas, and is now hanging in its new home in Scottsdale, AZ. The painting was based on a series of photographs of various Arizona views. Below is the image of an entire painting, as well as detail images of each half. Posting this reminds me that I should book a trip to a warm desert land soon!






Commissioned Painting – United Building Over Chicago River

This 16×20 Acrylic on Canvas commissioned painting I completed last year for a lovely couple who divide their time between Minnesota and Chicago. He works in the United Building, and she ordered a painting as a surprise for him, of Chcago River and United building over the bridge. (United Building is the one with all those squares in the center). It was a pleasure to work on this piece!!!


“Orange Groves” mural commission for Tropicana

You can call it a mural, or you can call it a multi-panel painting. Either way, it was a lot of work! 🙂

“Orange Groves” was painted with acrylics and oils on six 30″x30″ canvas panels that were installed on a wall with 1.5″ intervals.

Commissioned by Tropicana, Inc., this mural was installed in the Study Room of their downtown Chicago office. After we brainstormed about different types of mural applications, customer picked a canvas version due to its portability. We spaced canvas panels intentionally to make it seem as if a viewer is looking though a window. Tropicana oranges are grown in Florida, so I was asked to include a little slice of an ocean in the distance visible behind orange grove hills.

Later I recommended new wall colors for the Study Room to compliment the colors of the mural.

Orange Groves mural by Anastasia Mak

Original sketch on paper:

Orange Groves sketch

Progress shots:

Orange Groves mural progress 1

Orange Groved mural progress 2