“End the Disconnect,” an Awesome Art Project and Fundraiser on the Hill

A local portrait artist and Hill mom is working on a cool and meaningful project, “End the Disconnect,” that she hopes will raise money for those hardest hit by COVID-19 and bring smiles to neighbors’ faces during this time of social distancing and isolation. Erin Thompson of Erin Thompson Studio creates art out of moments of connection between people and their loves.

Here’s how the project works:

  • Send a photo of a special moment with your family to Erin at ErinThompsonStudio@gmail.com (see Photo Guidance below).
  • Erin will select one photo each day to turn into a heartfelt sketch in pen, pencil or charcoal and maybe watercolor (depending on the image)–during her children’s nap time.
  • Erin will email you the completed artwork in digital form and post it to her Instagram for others to enjoy.
  • Next, you can choose to buy the original or not, on a “pay-what-you-can” basis. Erin emphasizes that there is no obligation to buy.
  • If you buy it, Erin will donate 50 percent of proceeds to organizations that are helping those affected by COVID-19.

“I hope to bring the community a little bit of connection and an occasional smile to people’s faces while living this cooped-up existence,” Erin wrote.


Check out Erin’s art and the project so far at @ErinThompsonStudio on Instagram.

Erin also offers commission portrait options if you would like a more detailed portrait in a specific size or medium. Learn more about this option on her website.

I am thinking this is a fantastic opportunity to pick up a piece of meaningful, custom art–whether for yourself or a family member, for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or a birthday–while doing good for others.

Photo Guidance


Erin advises that photos that work best for this project are candid ones where the subject or subjects are engaged in something and shot from the side or profile (not front-facing/smile-at-the-camera shots).

Legal Stuff

From Erin Thompson Studio: “By sending me a photo, you are indicating to me that you either own the image or have permission from the copyright holder or other owner to reproduce the image, and that you or the copyright holder or other owner permit me to display the derivative artwork as I see fit for my own commercial or marketing purposes (for example, on my website, on social media, in print form at art shows, etc.). By submitting a photo, you also agree that my reproduction of the image (however derivative) will not violate the rights of any other person.”

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