An original customized portrait inspired by your sensations and memories

How it works ?

Initial consultation

Let’s talk and decide if we can work together


You choose the style and format


We schedule a 60-minute interview to share your memories


I share with you the steps of creation and an initial draft

Initial viewing

You see the portrait by email or you come to see it in my studio


You receive your emotion portrait™. it is ready to hang

What collectors say

Edina, Paris France

When I smelled the perfume of orange blossom, I connected with my memories. But more importantly it allowed me to get in touch with my emotions.

Jackie, Suva, Fiji

It was a real chance to remember my horse Swifty. The portrait reminds me of happy memories with him, beyond grief.

Cathy, Washington DC, USA

The spirit of our bike journey with John in Provence is in this portrait. It made me reflect on this wonderful moment with John.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called an emotion portrait™ ?

I encourage horse and nature lovers to reflect on their emotions. Through the emotion portrait™, I capture the feelings you share in your relationships with horses and nature. You transform emotional moments into peaceful and happy memories. It all starts with an interview and ends in a unique piece of art.

Do you do portraits of animals other than horses ?

I work with nature in general. Horse is representative of my approach because horses are geniuses at mirroring our emotions. They read us. I capture what you feel through horse portraits. But I believe that nature reflects our sensitivity too. I have worked with different kinds of animal and plant subjects in the past. Check here

What are your prices ?

Portraits prices range from $1,500 to $9,600 (1,300€ to 8,600€) depending on the desired style and format.

Why do we need to book a 20-minute consultation ?

It is an opportunity to talk about the process, share any questions and decide if it’s a good fit.

Can you make an emotion portrait™ from a photo I give you ?

I don’t draw or paint from photos but they are part of the puzzle.

How long does it take you ?

It depends when we start and how it goes. On average, it takes between 4 to 12 weeks.

How do you choose the composition ?

It depends on what comes out of our interview. For a painting, I share an initial draft for your approval. For a drawing, I usuallshare two drawings you can choose from.

Is there a down payment for a commission ?

I accept a limited number of commissions per year and I book up months in advance. Make sure to reserve in advance. A 25% deposit is required to book a portrait and 25% of the commission is due upon interview. The remaining balance is due upon delivery.

What if I don’t like the result ?

I want you to be 100% satisfied with the final emotion portrait™. In the unlikely event you aren’t satisfied, you can apply your deposit to the purchase of other work featured in the gift shop. It is valid for a year.

Is it a problem if we can’t meet in person ?

It is always nicer to meet in person but I have done emotion portraits remotely using the internet. It worked well.

Do I need to know about art techniques to choose the style ?

Not at all. You just need to indicate your favorite portrait style based on a customized booklet I send you after the initial consultation. You can check the diversity of my art by visiting this page

Can I order an emotion portrait™ as a gift for a horselover ?

Yes – In two different ways. Through an emotion portrait™, you can honor your relationship with the horse lover. We work directly together to interpret what you feel for him or her. Or you can make a gift to a horse lover you know to celebrate his or her relationship with horses. In this case, I work directly with the horse lover.

Can I order an emotion portrait™ as a gift to celebrate a beloved one who likes nature in general ?

Absolutely. Your memories of the relationship with the person and your sensations inspire the emotion portrait™. This is what Pirke did to celebrate her love for her daughter. You can read the full story here. We follow the steps described here.

Can you describe the six steps?

Sure. I have written an article that describes the process step-by-step in details. Here it is.

What does “© All rights reserved” mean ?

It means that marie sand’s images are my sole intellectual property. Ownership of a physical painting does not constitute any reproduction rights. Images may not be reproduced, resold or used in any form without my written consent.