LEONARDTOWN, Md. – In 2021, the Leonardtown Arts Council started searching for artists who might paint a number of murals across the city. One of the requests was for a mural on the storage constructing throughout from the Good Earth grocery retailer.
Tom Rogers and Dan Ropp utilized and submitted their concept for a mural to the humanities council. They have been ultimately chosen to carry their creativeness to life.
Tom Rogers and Dan Ropp met whereas they have been each enlisted within the United States Navy. They bonded over their mutual ardour for artwork.
“I’ve been doing art since I was old enough to draw on the walls much to my parents’ frustration. I grew up in a small town in east Texas and left after high school when I joined the Navy,” Tom Rogers instructed TheBayNet.com. “I did search and rescue for several years and then got into test and development which led me to southern Maryland working on NAS Patuxent River base. All of my 20 years of naval aviation, I’ve incorporated art into my life, doing retirement plaques, squadron, and program office art including patches, logos, murals, and more.”
Tom and Dan each wished to work on tasks collectively, together with their piece in Leonardtown, additionally they accomplished a mural on the SOF Market Beer Garden.
However, this mural wasn’t a cakewalk, with delays and strenuous climate situations, Tom and Dan each needed to adapt and evolve as artists to complete this masterpiece.
The pair couldn’t begin engaged on the mural till November of 2021, after varied delays. But they did what they might, engaged on the portray at any time when they’d the possibility. Some classes could be half-hour, and a few could be a few hours.
“Due to the temperature dropping with winter weather, we had to order special paint from Germany that was specifically formulated to dry quickly and be usable below 40 degrees,” Rogers mentioned. “Shorter daylight forced us to work into the night. High winds, weather, covid, being fathers and taking care of family all led to a longer timeline.”
However, by means of all the obstacles and challenges, they completed the mural in March of this 12 months, two months forward of schedule.
The mural represents many various points of the group. They wished individuals to have the ability to relate to the piece and make it particular and distinctive to the world.
“We had a large set of requirements to include onto this art, including southern Maryland, Leonardtown, butterflies, community, and inclusion. We wanted artwork that told a story and something that everyone could look at and find something they recognized and could relate to,” says Rogers. “I thought of Alice in Leonardtown as an idea that could give us the ability to include all of those things. We brainstormed the characters and layout into something we loved and hope the community loves as well…We wanted a feast for the eyes, something everyone could look at and find something new each time. We hope everyone that looks sees something they can recognize, relate to, and brings a smile to their face.”
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