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Paradise artist touches lives of Camp Fire survivors

Muralist Shane Grammer's paintings have touched the lives of many in Paradise.

Posted: Sep 2, 2019 6:03 PM

"They're beautiful and I feel like they're haunting, kind of, but beautiful," Ward said.

Melissa Ward grew up in Paradise and lost everything in the Camp Fire. 

Muralist Shane Grammer's paintings have touched the lives of many including Ward.

"It looks like she's kind of rising above trying to maybe find some hope I don't think she's very happy yet but I think she's searching – do you think you can relate to that? "Oh yes, even though we've settled down in Oregon we feel good there, it's still not right it's not going to be home, this is home."

Grammer's newest mural adds to his ongoing bride series.

Many of Grammer's paintings feature the face of a woman. His inspiration comes from a book in the bible called 'Song of Solomon' a love story.

"That's my way of saying God loves us he loves Paradise, he loves the people on the ridge," Grammer said. "Who else has done this I mean he just decided to come up here and try to make this place a little bit better and its gotta be hard on him too you know seeing what we've gone through,"

"For my wife and I both from the response at the very beginning in January," Grammer said. "We knew my wife said you gotta go back up and paint I wanted to go back up and paint because they were connecting with people and bringing a lot of people genuine hope and encouragement."

Grammer has painted on what's left of homes, cars, and buildings. At one point he had multiple murals scattered around town, now there are only two left.

"Now I'm getting a lot of comments about stop painting on stuff that's going to be torn down to me there's a love of that my love for street art I love knowing that it's going to have a life of its own," Grammer said.

Grammer told Action News Now his goal is to create artwork that moves people emotionally and connects to their soul.

"Well Shane thank you this is amazing stuff you're doing and I don't know how long you can keep it up but the longer the better," Ward said.

"There's like 5 messages on the Starbucks cup of gratitude and thankfulness and I do feel my family, my wife, and I just feel such a connection," Grammer said. "Especially with me growing up in Chico and all my friends that were up here, we just feel its apart of home and I'm so grateful that people appreciated the work and what it's really what brought them hope and beauty in the middle of losing their whole town."

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