Portfolio: Character Portraits by Zahradka Art

People and characters both fictional and real. People from the past and the present day. Memorable faces, cultural icons, heroes and villains. We bring ideas, costumes, and actors together to create a work of art that stirs the memory and fires the imagination.

This list of artworks is sortable — click on the header to sort the list! Larger images of all artworks are available. Click on the thumbnails for more information.

Catalog of Character Portraits
Title / Description Medium Year
Mr. Darcy Mr. Darcy

A miniature painting of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy from the movie Pride and Prejudice. done in goauche on synthetic ivory.

This original artwork (1.25" high x 1.25" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Watercolor and Gouache2016
Sailor Alun (miniature) Sailor Alun (miniature)

A small miniature painting created using paints and techniques from the early 1800's. Watercolor gouache on synthetic ivory.

Watercolor and Gouache2016
Self Portrait (miniature) Self Portrait (miniature)

A self portrait miniature. Created using historic gouache on synthetic ivory.

Watercolor and Gouache2016
Suzy in Green (miniature) Suzy in Green (miniature)

A painting miniature of Suzy. The painting was created using a watercolor gouache made from pigments used in the late 1700's. The base is a synthetic ivory.

Watercolor and Gouache2016
Gemma 1812 (Miniature) Gemma 1812 (Miniature)

Miniature of young women with bonnet. Watercolor on Synthetic ivory.

Watercolor and Gouache2016
Joan of Arc Joan of Arc

A Painting we created using our daughter Gemma as the model. Suzy made the blue arming doublet she wore and Arms and Armor created the armor and sword. The background is a tapestry the colors of red and gold suggesting flames. This painting is unique in that it is done entirely with pigments and oils that could have been used during the 1500's. We have been studying and working with old techniques. We now give demonstrations to school groups on the Craft of Painting.

This original artwork (28" high x 16" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Joan of Arc” are available!

Oil on Canvas2010
Scottish Trader Scottish Trader

Portrait of a trader and huckster from a local show.

This original artwork (20" high x 14" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Oil on Canvas2009
Bess Bess

A Revolutionary War soldier takes aim with his Brown Bess Musket.

This original artwork (16" high x 46" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Bess” are available!

Oil on Canvas2008
Keeping Warm Keeping Warm

Portrait of a young woman in a winter landscape dressed in cloak and furs.

This original artwork (28" high x 16" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Keeping Warm” are available!

Oil on Canvas2008
Parade Rest Parade Rest

A tired Union soldier stands at parade rest looking thoughtful. This American civil war era imaginative portrait original is in oil on canvas.

This original artwork (24" high x 18" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Parade Rest” are available!

Oil on Canvas2007
Sophia Reading Sophia Reading

A young girl in Victorian-era costume looks up from her book with a smile.

This original artwork (24" high x 18" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Sophia Reading” are available!

Oil on Canvas2007
Man of the East Man of the East

Asian man with embroidered hat and vest.

This original artwork (20" high x 16" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Man of the East” are available!

Oil on Canvas2007
The Archer The Archer

A medieval longbow archer has his bow pulled, his arrow ready to release.

This original artwork (16" high x 34" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “The Archer” are available!

Oil on Canvas2007
Pirate Dreams Pirate Dreams

A young sailor on his first sea adventure

Prints of “Pirate Dreams” are available!

Oil on Canvas2007
Grain of Salt Grain of Salt

Portrait of a very skeptical looking gentleman. Gives the feeling of a down to earth no nonsense individual.

This original artwork (24" high x 18" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Grain of Salt” are available!

Oil on Canvas2007
Apples Apples

A young girl reaches up to pick an apple.

This original artwork (28" high x 22" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Apples” are available!

Oil on Canvas2006
Luna Luna

Goddess sitting on the crescent of the moon.

This original artwork (24" high x 16" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Luna” are available!

Graphite Pencil2006
The Shawl The Shawl

A sorrowful young girl wrapped in a russian shawl.

This original artwork (17" high x 14" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “The Shawl” are available!

Oil on Canvas2006
Safe Keeping Safe Keeping

Young mother holds her baby, wrapped together in a plaid.

This original artwork (20" high x 20" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Safe Keeping” are available!

Oil on Canvas2006
Diminuendo Diminuendo

A young gypsy girl with a violin in a dirty back alley contemplates her fate.

Prints of “Diminuendo” are available!

Color Pencil2005
Wacky Chickens Wacky Chickens

A pair of Rennaisance clowns dressed as chickens.

Prints of “Wacky Chickens” are available!

Graphite Pencil2005
Wounded Lion Wounded Lion

A portrait of Don Quixote

This original artwork (20" high x 16" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Wounded Lion” are available!

Graphite Pencil2005
The Mayor The Mayor

Portrait of Mayor from Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

This original artwork (18" high x 24" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Graphite Pencil2005
Buccaneer Buccaneer

Classic pirate with pistol, sash and sneer.

This original artwork (20" high x 16" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Buccaneer” are available!

Graphite Pencil2004
Pastoral Harmony Pastoral Harmony

A young maiden plays music in a field while her sister sleeps in her lap.

This original artwork (20" high x 30" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Pastoral Harmony” are available!

Color Pencil2004
Princess Gemma Princess Gemma

Portrait of young girl as a Princess

This original artwork (20" high x 20" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Princess Gemma” are available!

Color Pencil2003
Dragonlord Dragonlord

A warrior in fur and chainmail with a large dragon axe on his shoulder

This original artwork (18" high x 24" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Dragonlord” are available!

Graphite Pencil2003
Feastmasters Feastmasters

The feastmasters from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, complete with large tankards and kilts.

This original artwork (24" high x 18" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Feastmasters” are available!

Graphite Pencil2003
Fruitful Fruitful

A beautiful young maiden holds a basket of grapes.

This original artwork (20"" high x 16" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Fruitful” are available!

Color Pencil2003
Heart of Oak Heart of Oak

A determined young woman is on guard with an oak-leaf styled rapier.

This original artwork (24" high x 18" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Heart of Oak” are available!

Graphite Pencil2003
Skullduggery Skullduggery

A beautiful female pirate with skull sword and pearls.

This original artwork (24" high x 18" wide) is available for purchase. Contact us!

Prints of “Skullduggery” are available!

Graphite Pencil2003
Swept Aside Swept Aside

A small little girl leaning on her broom is alone and sad in a dark empty room.

Prints of “Swept Aside” are available!

Color Pencil2003
The Storyteller The Storyteller

A Renaissance story teller with lute in hand.

Prints of “The Storyteller” are available!

Graphite Pencil2003

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