One of my cousins makes beautiful high end jewelry along with being an interior and fashion designer (check out her artisan jewelry). My style doesn't fit what she makes although I think they are beautiful. I haven't asked her if she could make something to fit my style - perhaps I should and buy and wear to the wedding or rehearsal dinner in 2013. I know she would be thrilled.
Another of my cousins husband is a pastel artist who does beautiful work - I've seen one online that is a picture of a boy holding the reins of two farm horse. I've never asked to see his work and I would like to see it.
Many others in our family have also participated in the visual arts. My Dad did wonderful pastel portraits and landscapes and my Mom did watercolors. One son did a wonderful wood carving of a leaping dolphin. A great-grandfather was an early professional photographer and carved a beautiful marble statue of an American Indian by a canoe - using dental tools so the family story goes! One of these days I'll drive to my Mom's (a long trip) and bring it home. I've liked it since I was a child. I'll pick up some of my Dad's pastels then too.
Another of my grandfathers was also a professional photographer including doing early aerial photography during WWI. My Mother-in-law painted beautifully in oils and my father-in-law tried it too. Another cousin is a photographer and her sister teaches art. In fact almost all of the artwork in our home is work by family members including my husband and myself.
Over the years I have painted, drawn, made hand built potter and otherwise dabbled in visual arts. Here's three of my paintings we have hanging in our house. Sorry I can't get that last photo to turn right side up! You can see I am a happy amateur.
But the relatives above are truly professionals and I will be pursuing deeper conversations with all of them and seeing if I can get customized works of art from these talented people.