January-June 2017: At Hope Home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I gifted the foster care home for disabled children a mural via Art Relief International, to honor the rainbow of children that Hope Home has served. Hope Home is a non-profit foster care home for children with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. About half of these children are no longer with us, so this piece also stands as a memorial. Usually, ARI creates a mural for each new building Hope Home grows into. Learn more about Hope Home here: https://hopehomecm.wordpress.com/

Here, ARI volunteers and myself make each child's likeness as perfectly and lovingly as possible 

April 2017: In Pai, Thailand, near the western border to Myanmar, Art Relief International created 3 murals in 2 days with over 40 Burmese migrant children. 

The students range from 4-17, and are provided for by a non-profit organization called Kwah Dao (kwahdao.org). The name means to "reach for the stars," around which our 3 murals revolved. 

2 small murals were facilitated for the younger children. They had a hands-on experience in color mixing and application, as supported by their elder peers--who primed the colored backgrounds for them. 

We created the sun, moon, and constellation in between, as part of the 3 piece series. 

Every child created their own multimedia star to create the Kwah Dao constellation. 

The older students created this 2x3 meter canvas mural. Step by step, my Art Relief International team and I taught the students how to properly match and mix color appropriately, paint wet-on-wet in a gradient, stencil and outline their painted work, adhere multimedia aspects in an archival way, and more. 

Below: In 2015, I designed and created this mural with the help of the organization and friends of the MESBUR (Men's Emotional Break-Up Recovery Initiative space in Cork City, Ireland. The mural is called "Komorebi," the Japanese word for the phenomenon of looking up and seeing light beam between the leaves of a tree. This mural offers a visual metaphor for the uplifting, emotional work that happens in this facility. All are welcome to use this space. Check it out at: https://www.facebook.com/mesburshandon
Below, you can see a mural made with a volunteer organization in Thailand. The mural is the backdrop to an up-cycled plastic demon (not pictured) that this group of kids made. They were inspired to reduce and reuse the plastic in their environment by turning it into material for a conceptual sculpture, which they conceived of themselves. The scenery for their plastic demon helped to convey our story about the demon rising out of the mountains of plastic in a landfill to come into our cities and villages to warn us about the dangers of single-use plastic. We adhered extra plastic pieces to the wall to create an extra 3D aspect to our mural, as well. 
Sourcing and adhering our single-use plastic to the mural wall
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