I decided to paint this peace/love warrior on Jarvis and Richard Bigsley Lane after I realized it was a rough area with lots of drugs and violence. I wanted to paint something that would inspire the neighbourhood to choose positivity and strength instead of choosing violence and drug abuse. I chose to paintthe Peace warrior looking towards the east where the sun is rising -the west reprepresents the past the east represents the future- She is looking towards a positive future with no gun violence for Toronto! The quote is “we are alive to thrive we are not here to destroy ourselves and destroy others we are here to take care of ourselves and others! Gun violence is caused by gangs and drugs and if you are focused and discipline and patiently strong you can build a strong future for yourself its better to not choose gang life – i hope it inspired the youth to be focused on your dreams and be disciplined not distracted by drugs and gang life!!