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Sponsorship


We are seeking sponsors to help support the production of my travelling art exhibit. Each image will be printed onto a large, fabric backdrop and will be displayed with an accompanying narrative. In return for your sponsorship you will receive:


1. A signed copy of my latest art book.

2. A signed 8x10 print of the piece you are supporting.

3. Your name or organization listed as a sponsor in the exhibit literature and advertising.


The sponsorship price is $999 USD which will cover the production of the large format prints and other costs associated with the travelling exhibit.


To sponsor a specific piece of this exhibit, click on the Sponsorship link next to the image you wish to support. If you wish to support the exhibit with a general sponsorship, there is a link at the bottom of this page.


Thank you for your support everyone.

DanSun



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Do Not Resuscitate

Often, we are called to a home for a very sick patient. The first thing I do in these cases is find and read the do not resuscitate (DNR) order or advance directives created by the patient. I need to know right away how far we are going to go and what we can and can’t do if we need to resuscitate this patient. Sometimes there’s no paperwork, but the family states their wishes to us. Other times there is paperwork, and the family doesn’t want us to follow it. There’s also times when the family is present and arguing about what we should do. If there’s paperwork for us to follow, then it’s easy. What’s difficult for me is when the patient is obviously in an end-of-life state, when there’s no paperwork to follow, and the family wants us to “full code” their family member (which is what we’ll do if there’s no DNR or advanced directives). This happens a lot to emergency workers and hospital staff. If you’re a first responder I’m sure this has happened to you too.

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Print size 12x8 feet


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Death Notification

This image is based on a call I did many years ago when I had to notify the family that their husband and father had died. When we came into the house, they were so happy to see us, and it seemed they were confident we were going to save the day. As we were working, I'm sure the family thought we were going to save him. Nobody was with them to tell them what was happening; nobody informed them that everything was being done that would be done in an ER. Nobody was with them to tell them how serious this event was and to prepare themselves. When we called it, and I told the family their husband and father had "passed on," they were genuinely shocked and absolutely devastated.

It was horrible.Since that call, I've learned a lot about giving death notifications. If I have the resources, I'll make sure someone is with the family to explain what is happening. I'll provide them with the option to stay and observe or go into another room with me. I'll let them know the severity of the situation and that the patient is getting the best care possible. I'll ask them If they would like me to call someone. I'll also tell them to prepare themselves for the worst possible outcome.

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Print size 10x8 feet


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Trauma Code

This is the very first image I created. It’s based on a call where a young man died in our ambulance after being struck by a drunk driver. What stuck with me for so many years is what he said before he died, it made me think of his family and his mother in particular.

At the time all I could think of was her and how she was about to receive the worst news of her life. The spirit in this image isn’t looking upset because we didn’t save him, he’s upset because we failed his mother. Often, it’s not our patients that cause the most mental stress for us, it’s the family, friends and bystanders that leave the deepest scars.

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Print size 8x10 feet

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You’re Not Alone

Creating this image changed my memory of this call. When I think of this event, I see this little girl as she is here; still holding her teddy bear and at peace. The reality of this call was quite different, and that memory haunted me for years. The time spent creating this piece purged that intrusive memory from my mind and trapped it in this picture. Creating this artwork is truly my therapy.

When I first started creating these images, I never anticipated that other first responders would attach their own experiences to them and interpret them in a different way than I had intended. My concept images, like this one, are always based on a call I attended or on an emotion/struggle I feel from being a first responder. Creating these images is very personal and therapeutic for me, and I think it’s terrific that some of my peers can connect to them as well. Often the interpretation of others is much nicer than what I intended when first creating the image.

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Print size 10x8 feet


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Inner Demons

It’s alarming the number of us who commit suicide because of post-traumatic stress. I recently listened to an interview of a severe sufferer, a police officer, who said, “It’s frightening to seriously contemplate suicide, but at the same time not want to die.” I think of all first responders it’s the police that see the evil of men more than anyone. How do you make sense of the things we see then return home and pretend everything is okay in the world? It’s not the fuzzy, easy and fun calls that cause mental injury. It’s the tragic, evil, and unthinkable calls that leave the residue of post-traumatic stress. So, think twice before believing PTSD is a mental weakness and instead think of what was experienced to obtain such an injury.

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Print size 8x8 feet


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Torn

When you've reached the point where you just don’t care anymore, and you would just rather not feel anything - then that's when support from your family, supervisors and peers has the most impact. The medic in the center of this image is exhausted and is indifferent as to which direction he gets pulled to. He no longer has the capacity to pretend he’s okay or to help himself. Someone needs to reach in and help him.

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Print size 10x5 feet

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Dispatch

The woman in this image and her crew from Harris County Emergency Corps converted me from an ignorant paramedic that didn’t understand what dispatchers dealt with to a strong supporter of what they do. This is the very first dispatcher image I created, I took this photo after interviewing this crew for two hours and hearing stories that made my toes curl. Much respect to all dispatchers.

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Print size 12x8 feet

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The False Okay

I know there are people spending their days pretending that everything is normal. They wake up with a pit in their stomach; their minds racing and running amok in the night while they sleep. They drag themselves out of bed and wonder how they’re going to make it through the day. They drive to work hoping nothing serious happens because they don’t know if they’ll be able to handle it. They make their way through the day by faking it to everyone around them, while they are on the verge of losing it all.

“How’s your day going?”

“It’s great! How about you?”

Do people really want to know how your day is going? What would happen if you really told them? If you’re reading this and thinking, how does he know exactly how I’m feeling? It’s because this feeling is not unique to you; many feel this way. The trick is to realize that you’re not alone and to get help. This isn’t something you have; it’s something that happened to you. Confront your demon before it overtakes you.

Keep an eye out on your coworkers who may be suffering in silence, and do not overlook the signs. Post traumatic stress is killing many of us and that doesn’t need to be the case. There is help and a way to recover so we can feel confident and return working with a healthy mind.

- This piece sponsored by YOUR NAME OR ORGANIZATION HERE

Print size 8x8 feet



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Hang On

Often, we’re so surprised when a first responder takes their life. They show no signs of struggle or of the pain they’re in. I know what it’s like because I was there once myself. We’re afraid that others will perceive us as being weak and we get very good at hiding our torment and agony from our family and co-workers. I call this feeling the ‘false okay’ and have created a few images portraying this state of mind. Here are a few signs and symptoms that your friends and family may be having, it could be a clue that things aren’t as okay as they seem:

-Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy

-Withdrawn and distant

-Irritable behaviour, angry outburst, or acting aggressively

-Taking too many risks or doing things that could cause them harm

-Being jumpy or easily startled

The next first responder suicide may be closer to home than you think. I think it’s worth the risk to ask a co-worker or family member if they’re okay-and when they undoubtedly say “I’m fine”-ask them again but look them in the eye and tell them why you’re asking. Give examples of the changes in behaviour that you’ve noticed. Tell them it’s okay, and you will listen if/when they want to talk. Comfort will come from feeling accepted and engaged so offer just to hang out if they’re not ready to talk.

-This piece sponsored by YOUR NAME OR ORGANIZATION HERE

Print size 8x10 feet


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Demon Eats the Ambulance Driver

This is my favourite image. It’s the most accurate portrayal of an emotion I wanted to illustrate-and as an artist, the more authentic that process is, the more fulfilling the art is to me. I received a lot of negative feedback for using the term Ambulance Driver as many of us feel it’s a derogatory term. I agree it is, and that’s why I used it. This image is meant to portray the moment of taking one’s own life. This medic is no longer a paramedic, he’s an ambulance driver, his arms are down, he’s no longer defending himself. He’s given up and no longer has the strength to defend himself. He has surrendered himself to his demon and is literally being consumed by it. His goal is to experience the peace of feeling absolutely nothing. I think this is also my darkest and most sad image. But this doesn’t need to be our fate, there is a way to defend against this monster. We just need the right help and support to do it

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Print size 10x8 feet


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Sorry

Look closely at this image, it’s darker than it first appears. Demons in the fire, a smoking gun in the firefighter’s hand and a gunshot wound to his head. I’ve heard from several of my brothers on the edge of taking their lives, and many of them have told me that they don’t want to leave their families and they don’t want to die. They tell me they no longer have the strength to push back against the feelings they’re having, and they don’t know what other options they have to find peace. Mental injuries like this rewire the brain, and we lose the capacity to realize what our options are and how deep of a hole we’re in. I’m grateful when our brothers and sisters reach out because they at least have the capacity to ask for help. We can point them in the direction for support and hopefully get them the help they need. It’s the ones that don’t reach out and who are suffering in silence that I worry about.

- This piece sponsored by YOUR NAME OR ORGANIZATION HERE

Print size 10x8 feet


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Finding Peace

My mind is always racing. I try to keep my mind-controlled, but it has a method of its own. A Buddhist monk would say I have a Monkey Mind. It’s not so bad, except for when I sleep. At night it’s no longer restrained by my consciousness and it’s allowed to run amok. I rarely sleep well and often, when I wake, I’m overcome with a feeling of dread, and luckily enough I can’t remember the visions, but I know that my evening was filled with nightmares. I crave solitude. I crave a peaceful mind. I crave a good night’s sleep. I crave silence and peace of mind. I wonder if my terrors are because of my many years in emergency services, and I always wonder if my peers have this problem. This image shows an angel telling a paramedic to just relax; it’s going to be okay . . . I’ve got your back . . . you’re free of your demon.

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Print size 12x8 feet


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Post Traumatic Growth

There’s a lot of work being done to build resiliency and shorten recovery time from mental injuries...which is excellent. Our goal is to get back to where we were before, get there quickly and build resilience, so it’s less likely to happen again – but what if we could be better than before? Many works of literature, religions, and philosophies throughout human History have conveyed the idea that there is a personal gain to be found in suffering. A rewiring of your mind that is a result of the healing process may make you the best you ever. Not only to recover but to thrive! Post-traumatic growth isn’t about recovery, it’s about reconfiguration that results in changes in self-perception, perspectives on life and changes in relationships. Do you want to remain impaired? Or do you want to do the necessary healing work to rewire your brain and thrive? This image shows a Phoenix growing from the paramedic as he transforms his broken mind and thrives to become a better man than he was before his injury. Our goal shouldn’t be to recover, it should be to reconfigure and thrive!

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Print size 12x8 feet


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Covid 19 Selfie Project

62 nations, 1000 portraits, 1310 faces…and 1 dog. This piece is dedicated to all the healthcare workers who have contracted this virus as a direct result of treating their patients...many of whom have lost their lives as a result. These are all selfies sent to me from emergency workers around the world. We’re all wearing a common uniform and are unified as we battle this virus. When this is all done, I hope these heroes and their families are honoured and recognized in some way for their ultimate sacrifice.

- This piece sponsored by YOUR NAME OR ORGANIZATION HERE

Print size 12x8 feet

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DanSun Exhibit General Sponsorship


A sincere thank you for all your support.


Respectfully,

DanSun

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