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I am a bereaved mother and wife. I began this blog to help me look for the "good things" in life after my daughter, "Babybear", died in July 2005. Three years later, her daddy, my husband, "Bear", died in November 2008. (You'll find a link to their stories on my blog) And now, as difficult as it is, I continue to look for the good things in my life as I learn my new normal with my pup, "Furrybear", at my side. And the angels on my shoulder...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Portraits By Dana

This portrait of my daughter was drawn by a wonderfully talented artist who has not only been blessed with the ability to draw, but the ability to see our children the way we, the parents, do.

I had seen her work many times over the last few years as other bereaved parents posted their portraits on SHARE. I knew this was something I wanted to do, and I finally decided not to wait any longer.

Dana is not only talented, but also a very kind and understanding person. She made sure that her drawing was exactly what we wanted. She looked at the photos and told us what she thought she could do. In fact, the photo she chose to portray was one that I rarely ever share, as I never thought it was that great of a photo.

One of my biggest regrets was not seeing my babybear with a little bear of her own. Shortly after she died, I saw this cute little bear at the dollar store and I just had to buy it. I took a photo of that bear and sent it to Dana and she included the bear in the portrait.

What is absolutely amazing, is that Dana only saw photos of my daughter, who at only 26 weeks gestation was not much bigger than a 20 week old baby. Yet, she was somehow able to see exactly how I see my daughter, and even more amazing, she was able to capture just how much my daughter looks like her daddy and his family without ever seeing a photo of them. In fact, she looks almost exactly like her cousin, with exception of a dimple on my daughter's chin.

I absolutely recommend Dana's work, and I urge you to check out her website, Portraits By Dana, to see some of the amazing portraits she has done.

Thank you, Dana, for using your talent to capture the spirit of my baby. I will be forever grateful.

15 comments:

Sharon said...

Tyla is absolutely perfect, just as I'm sure you remember her to be. How precious to finally have such a beautiful portrait of your daughter.

Thank you for sharing her with us. ((HUGS))

Reamers Angels said...

oh! What a beautiful portrait, Tyla is so precious!
mendy

Amber said...

That is such a precious drawing. She's beautiful.

Sarah C. said...

She did an absolutely wonderful job capturing the beauty of your little girl. :) Thanks for sharing with us.

TerriW said...

She did a beautiful job. Tyla is precious!

Jen Sue Wild said...

This is stunning!!
I have been wanting to get one done for Williamfor a while.
Maybe I will this year.

Denise said...

Terri,

It is absolutely gorgeous. She did such a wonderful job. What a great treasure to have.

Teri said...

What a beautiful portrait...she is very talented and kind...

Jo said...

As promised, I will comment on your blog... even though I have already seen the picture :)

I absolutely love it! I know there are times when you feel like you are losing your memories of how beautiful Tyla is... this portrait will be perfect for keeping her precious face with you always :)

I am so glad you decided to get it.

Shea said...

She's beautiful Ter.

Zackery's Mom said...

Ter, Tyla is just beautiful! Dana did an awesome job!
Thank you so much for sharing her with us!
Now I KNOW Zackery is surrounded by beautiful girls :)

glitzen said...

what a touching and stunning work of art. i am in awe. i was mesmerized by your story about the bear too.

Putabuttononit from Two Peas

Totallyscrappy said...

Just beautiful.

Joc(e) said...

Dana did such a wonderful job on Tyla's portrait. I know you will always treasure it. (((HUGS)))

Melissa said...

This is amazing! Your daughter is so beautiful! So tiny and perfect!