In the healthcare environment, art is often a welcomed site. Treatment can sometimes be stressful, so having art and other distraction therapies is an important part of the healing process, for the patients, their caregivers and the medical staff. A few examples are the Pediatric Burn unit and 9/11 Memorial Mural.
Children's National - Pediatric Burn Unit Treatment Room - 9ft x 30ft
"On Sept. 11, 2001, husband and wife Peter and Sue Hanson left their Massachusetts home and boarded Flight 175 with their daughter Christine. The family was on their way to California for a trip to Disneyland and to visit family. The youngest of the eight children who were killed on 9/11, it was Christine’s first time on an airplane." By 9/11 Memorial Staff
America was forever changed that tragic day.
Two years later, Peter Hanson’s grandparents contacted me to create a mural for Boston Medical Center’s Pediatric Treatment Room to be dedicated to their son, wife and granddaughter on flight 175.
I was honored beyond words. My mural titled "Christine’s World”, a world through the eyes of a child; little Christine’s love for nature, bugs, flowers, butterflies, children’s games, reading and smiles. Her father's love for the Celtics inspired the basketball game; and the secret behind choosing the "green" grasshopper. The mural continues to help children daily ease their anxiety and aides staff into a wonderful world of seek and find.
Each year, I am reminded of what a gift this was to create. Creating a world for our future generations, I am forever grateful to Lee and Eunice Hanson who guided this project sharing with countless families the beauty of their own family.
9/11 Hanson Memorial Mural "Christine's World" Pediatric Rm
Boston Medical Center