On behalf of Daniel Sundahl, Pheli Mint and the Wounded Healers series, we are proud to announce our first donation of $300 to Wounded Warriors Canada. Their mission is "To honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families." We are proud to be supporting this organization while attempting to de-stigmatize PTSD and mental stress injuries.
Wounded Healer silver round series now features Paramedics, Police, Fire Fighters and Medical staff. To view these in more detail, click here
"I create emotional and authentic images that are a result of my experiences. If I have an emotional connection to an image than I consider that artwork. When I get commissioned to create something that's what I'm trying to achieve for my client.
I was born in 1967 and raised in Canada. Being Canadian automatically makes me super nice and very apologetic, even when I don’t need to be. I’ve been a full time firefighter and paramedic for 15 years and that’s where I get all my motivation for my emergency services artwork. I have a real passion for raising mental health and PTSD awareness for my profession. You can’t do this job and not get a little crazy.
In my previous career I was an English teacher. This gave me the opportunity to travel the world and live in many countries. While living in Japan I even played in a Japanese blues band, one of the strangest experiences I’ve had. Living in other countries really shaped my personality and perspective on the world, travel continues to be my biggest teacher.
I first picked up a ‘real’ camera about 5 years ago. I love the technical side of photography, it appeals to my geeky side. I also love the artistic side of photography; it’s great for my left and right sides of my brain. I continue to travel, learn about photography and work full time as a firefighter/paramedic. I’m truly humbled by all the attention my work has received and I’m sure I’ll keep creating until I’m old and cranky."
Daniel's artwork is based on real life events, recreated and digitally altered. Each scene is a graphic representation of experiences faced by medical professionals and first responders. His mission is to force the delicate issue of mental stress injuries out into the open and de-stigmatize PTSD. By removing the focus from fear, shame and embarrassment we can prevent these injuries from getting worse, ultimately encouraging post-traumatic recovery, growth and resilience.
"Daniel Sundahl (DanSun) is a published artist and writer and has two art books produced of his work. His work has been featured in Canadian Paramedicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine (JEMS), Fire Rescue Magazine, EMS One, EMS World Magazine and The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing. His art is recognized worldwide, and he travels internationally speaking on his art and personal experiences with mental stress injuries. He is a pre- hospital educator, a professional public speaker, photographer and photo editor."
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