Disney artist Shane Grammer who was born and raised in Chico, California, decided to use his artistic skills to turn the ashes of the November 2018 Camp Fire into beautiful work of art.
The city of Paradise was one of the most affected by the enormous fire and Grammer began painting murals on various areas of the city that is destroyed by flames.
“As devastating as it was I really wanted to paint it and paint something that brought hope in the middle of complete destruction,” the artist wrote on Instagram.
Grammer’s first painting was a portrait of a woman drawn on a friend’s chimney. His mural went viral and he knew that more artworks will be done.
“I’ve always had this deep heart to bring hope and joy through my art with deep and destructive issues,” Grammer told KRCR news channel. “When the first mural on Clark Road moved so many people in this community emotionally I knew I had to come back up,” he continued.
Since then, Grammer has extended his paintings from walls to cars and other burnt structures. He always gets prior consent from the owner of the property and use this as his opportunity to get to know more about the people living in the city.
Grammer hopes that his art will bring happiness to the community. “I’m happy to be a small part of bringing hope and joy to this community and to these people who have gone through so much,” Grammer said.