Leisa Collins’ Architectural Art

One of my good freelancer friends recently moved with her family from Falls Church to Vienna, but they took a piece of their old house with them in the form of a beautiful watercolor sketch, which is now a lovely reminder of all their good times there. Architectural paintings can be so much richer than photography—there’s something about the paint strokes that gives them personality and character.

That’s why I was excited to learn about Leisa Collins, an artist who splits her time between DC and California. She’s painted homes all over the DC area, and is in the process of developing a book of her architectural paintings from all 50 states.

Here’s a sampling from her Flickr albums. It’s a window into the incredible diversity of architecture across our city and region:

Geranium Street, NW

Geranium Street, NW

 

27th Street, NW

27th Street, NW

 

8th Street, NE

8th Street, NE

 

Dent Place, NW

Dent Place, NW

 

13th Street, NW

13th Street, NW

 

34th Place, NW

34th Place, NW

 

Foxhall Road, NW

Foxhall Road, NW

 

33rd Street, NW

33rd Street, NW

 

38thst

38th Street, NW

 

Bethesda

Bethesda

 

Arlington (this house is in my neighborhood!)

Arlington (this house is in my neighborhood!)

 

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

 

Rockville (chain link never looked so good!)

Rockville (chain link never looked so good)

 

Silver Spring

Silver Spring

 

Annapolis

Annapolis

Leisa has a portfolio of more than 1,500 homes and historic buildings in 43 states so far. “Homes are like people,” she says. “They’re all uniquely different, and have their own personality and style.” I’ll say. She takes commissions, in case you want your own home immortalized.

Comments

  1. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing, Jen. I love seeing what other artists are doing. Architectural renderings are not easy, particularly with the amount of detail and the watercolor Leisa uses really shows off her talent.