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Attention to detail

Marshall High School senior paints mural that is on permanent display for local hockey association

December 15, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Marshall High School student Elizabeth Breyfogle likes a good artistic challenge.

So when her teacher gave her a large mural project, she took it on.

Breyfogle, a senior at MHS, completed a 30-foot mural of a tiger's eyes for the Marshall Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA). The mural is on display at the Lockwood Ice Arena.

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Elizabeth Breyfogle, a senior at Marshall High School, painted a 30-foot long mural of tiger eyes for the Marshall Amateur Hockey Association.

MHS art teacher Brydie DeMuth said she was contacted by MAHA about painting a mural for the ice arena. She said the overall idea behind the mural is to promote MAHA, create a welcoming environment in the hockey arena, create a strong connection with the Marshall Tigers, create pride in the school and its athletics and show off some amazing talent at MHS.

"It's an amazing opportunity for a student to have a permanent, and huge, mural that will be displayed in the community," DeMuth said.

The mural was originally going to be done by DeMuth's first quarter painting class. Breyfogle was in the class.

But by the time DeMuth got all the materials, Breyfogle said, first quarter was over.

"She (DeMuth) was going to do it herself," Breyfogle said.

Breyfogle had design class with DeMuth the following quarter, so DeMuth turned to her student to do the mural.

"I saw her ability and talent when working with paint," DeMuth said about Breyfogle. "I also know Lizzy's attention to detail. She not only has the artistic ability, but she is reliable and has a great work ethic."

DeMuth said that Breyfogle has taken every art class, plus independent study courses, that MHS offers during her four years at the school.

"As an artist, Lizzy is excited about any form of art," DeMuth said. "She loves to work with her hands. She loves to be challenged as an artist and an individual."

DeMuth and fellow art teacher Christine Tromblay projected a drawing of the tiger onto the board and it was an outline for Breyfogle.

"And I went from there," Breyfogle said.

When she was faced with the task, Breyfogle wondered how to begin.

"Honestly I didn't know where to start," Breyfogle said. But once she got into it, things got easier, she said.

MAHA had given Breyfogle and the MHS art teachers the size of the mural and asked them to incorporate MAHA's logo and something that says "Marshall Tigers," DeMuth said.

"From there, they left the design wide open," DeMuth said. "Lizzy and I worked together to come up with the design of the MAHA logo and the tiger eyes."

First, Breyfogle primed the work.

"And the orange wasn't being as bright as they wanted," Breyfogle said. So she painted white behind the orange.

After the first coat was done, Breyfogle painted in streaks on the mural.

"To make it (the tiger) look furry and fuzzy," Breyfogle said.

Breyfogle had her design class during fourth block at MHS and worked on the mural every day for four weeks.

"I was painting for about an hour and a half," she said. She said she finished the mural in roughly 20 class periods.

Breyfogle said the most challenging aspect of the mural was the eyes.

"The eyes were the key to the mural," she said. "The eyes give it personality and makes it come to life."

Breyfogle said her great-uncle was an artist and that she used to ask her father to draw her something every now and again.

"Art just kind of runs in my family," Breyfogle said. "I've always been intrigued by art."

Since the mural's completion, Breyfogle's been commissioned to do other works around the high school. In the entryway, she will recreate the same tiger eyes image she did for the mural. Jan Bahlmann, registrar at MHS, wants some work done on the Tiger Pride wall as well as a tiger mural behind her desk.

Breyfogle said she's also looking at doing some artwork in the band/choir area.

"We're thinking possibly some window paintings," Breyfogle said.

Breyfogle is looking at the University of Denver for visual arts next fall. She wants to eventually become a tattoo artist and said she has to find someone to apprentice with.

"Art has been my dream and I decided to pursue that," she said.



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