Departures: Meet the Art Startup Turning Your Favorite Travel Photos Into Art

Paintru was featued in Departures Magazine's online edition exploring the company story and mission. Paintru brings your memories to life like never before–with a streamlined buying process and concierge service to ensure your painting is perfect every time. Read more in Departures' feature.

Original story by: Tal Dekel-Daks for Departures

If you travel and have a phone or camera, chances are you have hundreds of photos of epic adventures, dreamy destinations, and weekend trips hidden away in your photo library, just waiting to see the light of day.

Well, now's the time to put those hundreds of vacation photos to good use by commissioning an artist to paint your favorite travel photo for you. While galleries and art fairs are currently closed, artists all over the world are looking for ways to put their skills to use. Enter: Paintru. A new online service that connects people with artists all over the world. Upload a photo, pick your art medium and size, and then your one-off masterpiece will be on its way over to you in three weeks or less.

The idea originated from a problem co-founder JD Kameen was having with an anniversary gift for his wife and Paintru co-founder Liza Kameen. JD wanted to turn a beautiful photo the couple took in Paris into a piece of artwork for their home, "I approached a local gallery in Florida and the process was a little overwhelming," he told Departures. "I'm much more comfortable shopping online and didn’t know the art gallery lingo, so I ended up directly messaging the photograph to an artist in Seoul over Instagram and he painted it and sent it over in three weeks. I was blown away and thought it was such a great way to connect artists and buyers."
Turn your travel photos into works of art!