are four sections to the playspace mural.
I am proud
to present, in collaboration with Todd and Susannah Blair, Bright
Horizons and Horizons
for Homeless, this mural which is based on a story by Todd Blair.
The mural was painted in a home for women and children
who need a safe place to stay. It is a gift from Todd and Susannah
Blair, in Charlie's honor, to all of the children who need a safe
place to play.
There is a heartbreaking story that goes along with
the creation of such joyful murals. When the Blairs called me to
ask if I would be willing to paint a mural for the play space, they
told me the story of their son Charlie.
In March 2005 they had a little baby boy and named
him Charlie. He was born with terminal brain damage and lived out
his three weeks with his family, in a suite at Chldren's Hospital
On the Charles, they catch a beautiful colorful fish, and see a
duck boat full of people all waving at Charlie. It was then his
Dad noticed the people were relatives, and the were waving for Charlie
to go with them.
It is a real honor to have played role in the creation of such
a wonderful place for kids to have fun, feel safe, and use their
I am also thankful to have been the one to create the visuals that
go along with Todd and Susannah's story. Their appreciation is a
All of the animals in Charlie's Tale are based on the sculptures
and decorations in and around the lobby of Children's Hospital in