Hi! I'm Erin Malick Thompson, an artist and designer, living in the Capitol Hill / Eastern Market area of Washington, DC, with my husband and two children.
When I am not creating custom portraits of connecting moments between parents and their children or other scenes that capture special meaning, I love doing quick sketches of fellow commuters and people around the neighborhood.
My inspiration for creating custom portraits of special moments comes from my personal journey through the emotions of new motherhood. When I became a mom in 2013, I was blown away by my feelings of connection to my daughter. Over the past few years, during her early childhood and that of my son's (born in 2015), I've experienced extreme joy in those connections, as well as sorrow at the passing of each phase of my children's development — at the end of each phase, I feel I am clinging to the old ways and wanting the phase to last longer. My nursing relationships with each child held some of the most poignant moments of my life, and gave me a peaceful feeling of being exactly where I needed and wanted to be.
Transitions like the end of nursing, adding a new baby to our family, and sending my youngest off to preschool, were all extremely challenging, emotional, meaningful times for me. Making these images is comforting to me, reminding me of the preciousness of my own connection with each of my children and of the passing of time.
By making these commemorative custom portraits, I hope to offer other moms (and dads and grandparents!) a tangible, comforting, lasting reminder of the meaningful moments you've shared with your littles or other special people in your life.