"Working with Almerinda was one of the most special experiences I have had in my professional career. Almerinda took time with the details, making sure I was comfortable as she took pictures of me from which to work. I have never had a portrait done, and Almerinda's expert guidance helped me envision a painting full of meaning and rich color. Almerinda incorporated into the work so many important personal references, such as my grandmother's chair, a painting within the painting of Rockport, Massachusetts, and a side table with pictures of my parents, and my husband and children. Almerinda brought nature into the picture and connected the portrait with my life's work in environmental protection. Working with Almerinda was a profoundly moving and deeply rewarding experience. She is a truly spectacular portraitist who takes time and care to make extraordinary works of art that will be cherished for a lifetime. Thank you Almerinda, from the bottom of my heart. I will never be able to thank you enough for this work of art."
- Alexandra Dunn, U.S. EPA Region 1 Administrator
"Almerinda did a wonderful job on the portrait of me standing in front
of the Capitol, which was commissioned by members of my former
Congressional staff for my new office at the University of
Massachusetts Lowell. Her selection as the artist was particularly
fitting since Almerinda is an alumna of the University. I am proud to
hang the portrait in my office, where it receives many compliments and
reminds me of the rewarding years I spent serving the people of
Massachusetts in Congress. I wish Almerinda continued success."
- Marty Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts,
former U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
"By chance and circumstance I had the good fortune to meet
Almerinda Silva. I commissioned her to do a portrait of my
husband, whom I had recently lost. Although she never met him,
she captured both his countenance and personality - all from the
tiniest photograph. Reflecting on his portrait gives me solace
from my grief. Almerinda is a true artist and salvation.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Almerinda."
- Georgia McColough
"We fell in love with 'The Tango' upon first sight. Almerinda had
captured the beauty, elegance, and emotion of two people in a moment
of passion and energy in the dance. After purchasing this first piece
from Almerinda, we couldn't help but commission her to paint 'The Samba'
to accompany it."
- David Drolet and Louise Settlemoir
"I love the painting of the angel that Almerinda did for my book
cover. What an extraordinary experience it was to see how she
was able to capture an idea, transform it into a sketch, and paint it
in a way that it practically comes to life. Not only is she
incredibly gifted, she is also a pleasure to work with."
- Lynne Galvin, owner of
The Lynne Company, distributor of
The Forever Book
"Your portrait of my father, who passed away 3 years ago, captured the
essence of who my father was. His loving presence lives on through
this painting. Your talent transcends paint and canvas and you have
the unique ability to bring things to life. This was a most difficult
time of my life and you have given me the gift of having my father
with me again. Your talent is tremendous. Thank you very much,
- Bob Thys
"You have a wonderful talent. Not only did you capture my
father-in-law's essence but you also created a legacy for our son.
- Nadine Thys
"I had always wanted to commission a portrait of my wife, but never
knew where to begin, whom to trust. Well, when my 10th wedding
anniversary arrived I decided to finally do it. It can certainly
feel intimidating to have a portrait done, yet Almerinda Silva made
the whole daunting process so easy and comfortable. I am so
thankful to Al for bringing her tremendous talent to my wife's
portrait. The artistry is beyond special. My wife was so
touched, she cried when presented with the beautifully framed
anniversary gift. What more can a husband ask for? I will
be dining out on this gift for years to come! Thank you,
- Matthew Audet