Nadi says, “I am an artist, working out of my colorful studio in the foothill town of Three Rivers, California, just below Sequoia National Park. I have worked as a professional artist for over 40 years, in watercolor and acrylic, from very tiny paintings to large murals.”
She is the founder and organizer of the monthly art event in Three Rivers called 1st Saturday.
The making of this mural is chronicled on Three Rivers artist Nadi Spencer’s blog where she writes,
“The students of La Sierra High School, in Porterville, CA., painted this mural last year with my assistance. I hope they had as much fun as I did. If you want to see how it was done, follow this blog for a few days. I’ll walk you through it…I met with the art students in the classroom. All students in the school would have an opportunity to paint, but we needed to meet with a core group to design the mural. They were surprisingly quiet and I had some difficulty getting them to open up. I spread out on a table an array of photos and clippings to give them ideas. They liked the idea of masks, and since Shirley and I both brought our cameras, we jumped right in and had them pose for masks. They wanted to include teachers and their principal, Jan Mekeel, so we photographed them as well.”
Nadi was assisted by another Three Rivers artist, Shirley Keller, whose husband, Bruce, teaches at this high school.
Follow Nadi Spencer on twitter @Nadi_art and Shirley Keller @Keller_art
Three Rivers artist Nadi Spencer starts a new mural with the help of local kids.
You can watch it unfold on the outside wall of Three Rivers Drugs on HWY 198.