Russell Thomas from Canada uses Art to Build into People’s Lives in Cambodia
by KhmerLife on Feb 25, 2020
Art takes many forms and enriches lives around the world. One local artist has taken his talent and love of art to families in Cambodia and is not only teaching them how to express themselves through various forms of art but he is also helping to raise money to rebuild homes for those families through a local charity, Bracelets 4 Buildings.
Local Artist Russell Thomas is on the board of directors with B4B and owns and operates Birdsong Studio and Healing Centre in Okotoks. He has just returned from his third trip to Cambodia where he brought art supplies and other donations to build into the lives and rebuild homes for the very poor in that country.
Thomas says connecting with the people is what he enjoys most, and he says the impact he sees year after year is profound.
Although he doesn’t speak the language, he says something magical happens when you spend time with people.
“Language is a barrier and then it becomes no barrier at all because you sort of create a common language. A way of communicating just organically happens and is completely beautiful.”
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