On the last day of 2018, California artist Shane Grammer got the idea of painting a mural of a woman’s face on the burned wall of one of the nearly 14,000 homes that were destroyed in the devastating wildfire that swept through Paradise, California last November.
The response to this painting on the most unlikely of canvases was so enthusiastic that Grammer realized he had to continue his work. Since then, he has painted other portraits on house walls, the remains of a chimney, even a charred pickup truck.
“I’ve always had this deep heart to bring hope and joy through my art with deep and destructive issues,” Grammer said. “When the first mural moved so many people in this community emotionally I knew I had to come back up.” Grammer asks permission of the owners of each home whose ruins he transforms.
One of the most moving paintings is that of “Eleanor,” the young girl who lived in the house her image now graces. She is depicted looking up toward the entry of her former home and to the corner where she would spend hours playing in the tree that grew there.
To read more and see photos of additional portraits by Grammer, see this article in My Modern Met. Thanks to Sara Harris for bringing this story to our attention.
- Shane Grammer Mural Artist 10: Photo by Terence Duffy