Artist uses murals to create beauty in fire-ravaged Paradise
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Artist uses murals to create beauty in fire-ravaged Paradise

Chico native paints walls left standing after Camp Fire tore through town The hum of activity these days in the town of Paradise is largely a collection of passing vehicles, haulers and chainsaws, but those who listen closely can hear an artist at work. The artist, who towers at over 6 feet tall, with spiked hair to boot, stands there shaking a spray paint can back and forth while staring at the photograph of a woman. He doesn’t know this woman, but he knows what he wants her mural to represent. "As a Christian, I’ve grown up and I’ve always had a heart to use my art to bring hope and joy to the downcast and brokenhearted," said Shane Grammer, the man in paint-splattered, camouflage cargo pants. "Literally since high school — going on missions trips to Mexico, doing a mural. My first one was just a small mural in an orphanage no one will ever see, and I’ve done that multiple times." He’s been to Peru and Brazil. Nine years ago, he went to Cambodia. "My wife and I really have a heart to help organizations that rescue girls from the child sex trade, and so we went […]

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