Drawing portraits has been something I've always enjoyed.  People are beautiful and fascinating in all stages of life.   Back in 2010 I was 13 weeks pregnant when my water broke.   Both my husband Chris and I believed our baby had died, but after rushing to the hospital, an ultrasound showed a strong, beating heart.  The doctors told us it was only a matter of time before the baby would pass away.  Termination was presented as an option because there was less than 1% survival; however, my husband and I decided to let nature take its course.   "Nature's course" meant our baby stay with me for 15 more weeks. His heart was always beating, but my amniotic sac never resealed.  My husband and I were told our baby would be born without lungs, deformed, and other things, but as long as he was alive, we would keep him where he needed to be--with me.

During that time, I found a support group on Facebook with other women going through what I was. Every mother did what they could, giving her baby the best chance possible. Some had success stories, others didn't. Every day there was the reality of their situation and what each mother would want if her baby didn't make it.  It was unanimous.  Every single mother wanted her baby to be remembered. I grieved with the women who lost their little ones, and was heartbroken when pictures would be posted on social media only to be taken down because they made others feel uncomfortable.  These babies needed to be remembered. 

That's when I recalled over two decades ago, my brother and sister-in-law
lost their son at 20 weeks gestation. They only had a low quality Polaroid and asked
me to draw him.  That portrait offered the family healing and I knew other
people could benefit from a portrait too.

Today, I am a portrait artist who dedicates her talent to families of loss. I draw because

of my little boy Luke who was born at 28 weeks and is a survivor.  He is now 8 years old
and has no health problems. Luke is a miracle.  I do this for all my brave friends
in my pPROM support group.  I do this for my nephew Nathan who is with his
Grandma Char (my mom) in Heaven, and I do this for you. When you contact
me and trust me with the memory of your baby, I will be respectful to you and your
baby's memory. Every family deserves a portrait of their loved one.

I'm here to help. 

Anything is possible.

Forever grateful to my nephew Nathan
and his parents. Little boy, you'll always be remembered.