I was very excited when Friends of the Yampa, a non-profit supporting the Yampa River, asked me to create a mural featuring the river. It is a huge task turning the landscape surrounding a 250 mile long river into a painting covering 850 square feet but the process has also been very rewarding. Starting in my comfort zone, I created a design for the mural as a 35 inch long linocut, which is a carved relief print. I then copied that style to paint a 70 inch long mock-up of the mural and this is what we are copying for the full size painting.
I’ve enjoyed researching the river and the different ecosystems it travels through. I’ve also loved planning and creating the mural with people who are dedicated to the environmental and recreational integrity of the Yampa River. It was conceived as a commuity project, and I’ve enjoyed having people from the Steamboat Springs area come to work with me on every stage of the mural. Approximately 100 people have volunteered their time and energy into making it a success. Below you can see lots of process photos.
I’ve been able to work with the community because we are painting on Polytab, a strong paper that will be applied to the building once the painting is complete. This allows us to work inside on tables instead of painting directly on the building. The mural is projected to be finished and installed in the early summer of 2019. It is going to be on two sides of the second story of the Ambulance Building on Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat Springs and right next the the Yampa River.
Update! As of June 29, 2019, the mural is installed on the building! It has been a long and wonderful journey. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed. It’s been fantastic to create something with love for the Steamboat Springs community and honoring the Yampa River. There is a nice article about the mural installation in the Steamboat Pilot and Today.