The mission for this online gallery and my artwork is to bring awareness to causes closest to my heart, with sale proceeds going to support my favorite nonprofits and charities. They include Challenged Athletes Foundation, Kids and Art Foundation, Shriner's Hospital for Children, and Wheels for the World. Below is more information on these organizations and my personal connection to them.
Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) – CAF provides opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. I love sports but my physical limitations made it nearly impossible to participate in competitive athletics. In 2016, I discovered the wonderful world of adaptive crossfit athletics and it has changed my life. The amazing work that CAF is doing transcends beyond the physical but more importantly provides those those living with physical challenges a means to be athletes. I received several grants from them allowing me to train and compete in adaptive crossfit.
CAF sponsored my trip to compete at the 2017 Working Wounded Games in Washington D.C. alongside adaptive athletes all around the world completing crossfit Workout of the Day (WOD) movements. Here I am finishing my first WOD with major encouragement from one of the judges and volunteers!
Kids And Art Foundation - Healing Pediatric Cancer through the Arts. Kids & Art aspires to an integrated care model for children with cancer in which participation in the Arts is part of the regular treatment plan. Their mission is to provide Arts workshops to children with cancer and their care circles to improve their well-being during treatment, as survivors, and in bereavement. They team up professional artists with families facing pediatric cancer for free art workshops at treatment centers and unique destinations for creativity. Together they use art as healing to empower, encourage, and create memorable experiences. My dear friend and fellow artist shared about his work with this organization which completely touched my heart. I now volunteer as an assistant artist to honor my cousin, Jenny, who fought cancer as a child and survived and little bro, Alex, who is battling cancer head on right now.
Shriner's Hospital for Children – “Care beyond cost”. They are committed to providing the best care for children in the specialty areas of Orthopaedics, Burn Care, Spinal Cord Injury, and Cleft Lip and Palate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. They have 21 area hospitals in the US and have in-house research teams that include internationally renowned experts whose discoveries have changed treatment methodologies and improved the lives of countless children suffering from debilitating conditions. As a polio survivor, I was a Shriner’s patient and received amazing care and orthotic equipment at no cost to our family.
Wheels for the World – Under the umbrella of Joni and Friends Ministry, Wheels collects used wheelchairs in the US, partners with prisons to refurbish the chairs like new and ships the chairs with therapeutic teams. The team includes physical & occupational therapists, wheelchair mechanics, & support folks who fit the wheelchairs and provide a Bible to recipients with disabilities in third world countries. I've been blessed to serve on several outreaches to South East Asia since 2003 and recently to Ghana, Africa delivering the message of hope of The Gospel. Next outreach is scheduled for 2019 or 2020!
Contact me if you would like more information on how to partner, commission artwork, or purchase a reprint of selected pieces. For the latter, please click Prints for Purchase here or under the "About" drop down menu at the top right hand corner.
Special thanks to friends and partners:
Josephine Tchang - An amazing friend, fellow artist and supportive partner who is responsible for the original design and layout of this website. She lovingly and patiently walked me through this process of making this online gallery from a dream into reality. She's a cutting edge fashion designer and creator of Purplemaroon.com. Thank you so much Jo! Love you for being the one to kick me in the butt to get online! xoxo
LightsourceSF - All prints available for purchased are professionally captured by LightSource SF. They are an amazing group of people that I have had the privilege of working with. It has been a great learning experience as they provide excellent support & customer service, invaluable expertise and immaculate reprints of original artworks that are second to none! HUGE thanks to Jeff, Sarah and Sam for walking this rookie artist through this whole new world! I look forward to having all my artwork captured and reprints done by you guys! Thank you!