At Portrait Connection, we understand that your family stands valiantly behind a child striving for health.
Your love for your child and unswerving focus mean that you are quietly navigating a complex obstacle course of daily challenges and emotional trials. A portrait provides your family with a hallmark of strength, an enduring fine art keepsake.
If you feel that a joy-filled portrait of your child would bring strength to your situation, contact us.
There is no cost to your family!
Portrait Connection is a nonprofit organization working to help you focus on the beauty and joy of your child along the journey to health!
Portrait Connection serves children who have a medical condition that is considered progressive, degenerative, or malignant and are within two years of their most recent treatment. The child must be between the ages of 1 and 18 years old at the time of application to be eligible to receive a fine art portrait free of cost. We also serve children who require frequent or extended hospitalizations and are within two years of their most recent inpatient stay. A signed Medical Eligibility Form, which is included in the application, is required for all applicants. This form needs to be completed by both the parent/legal guardian and the child’s medical professional.
Applying for a portrait is easy. Download the form using the button below. Fill it out, and return it to the email address on the form. You will need to get a signature from the subject’s physician or social worker verifying the health condition. We will follow-up by sending you the Terms of Service for your signature. We’ll also need quality photos and will send you a “Photo Tip Sheet” prior to starting the portrait.
How do I apply on behalf of my child?
To apply, click the “Apply Today” button above, fill out the portrait application and send it in by email. You will then need to sign a “Terms of Agreement” form which we will forward to you. You will also need to send a few of your favorite high-quality photographs of your child. The artist will use the photographs to create the portrait of your child, so they need to meet the suggestions of the “Photo Tip Sheet” that we will send to you.
What kind of portrait will our family receive?
The fine art portraits are usually created using either oil paint or watercolor. Occasionally, there will be an artist who is available to create a portrait in a different medium. While we can’t promise a certain style, each portrait is a unique creation of the artist’s talent. The portraits are delivered to the family ready to hang.
Can other family members be included in the portrait?
Only one person can be accommodated in a single portrait. However, if multiple children in the same family are facing serious illness at the same time, they can be included in the same portrait.
What kind of photos should I send?
We will send you a “Photo Tip Sheet”. It is important to send several photos, with a couple of them being close-ups so that your child's face takes up the full image. Many artists like a side lighted photo of the child's face where one side of the face is in bright light and the other side is lightly shadowed. A closed-lip smile is always beautiful. Most of the portraits are close-ups, but you can send a photo with a special background for the artist to consider. We will send you the photo tip sheet, and if you need help, we will try to help out with the photos.
I heard that there is an art show for portraits, can you tell me about that?
An important part of Portrait Connection is raising awareness in the community about childhood health challenges. In most communities, with permission of the parents, we hang several portraits together in a gallery or other space where people can come to learn about their neighbors and the artists in their town. Usually there is a Portrait Presentation Ceremony, an event where you will receive your portrait and community members can learn how to support neighbors. Your privacy is our interest, so please let us know of any special concerns.
Will we get a chance to meet and thank the artist who painted our portrait?
Often, the best time to meet the artist is at the Presentation Ceremony, if the artist lives in your area. Sometimes, the artist is far away and that is not possible. We are happy to pass on any messages to the artist, and families will be able to contact many of them through their webpage, email, phone or mail.
Can we continue to stay in touch with Portrait Connection?
We encourage all families to stay in touch with Portrait Connection through our web page and social media. We will send you a survey after you receive your portrait, asking what it means to you. Please fill it out and return it to us; it helps us to better serve other families in the future. We also hope that you'll let everyone know about this opportunity.