The library board selected Zionsville painter David Seward to paint a mural depicting central Indiana flora and fauna on wall space in the portion of the library currently being remodeled.
"It is basically an Indiana woodland, with flowers and wildlife in the foreground," Seward
was selected over several other artists after submitting a sketch to and interviewing with a committee formed by the library board.Selecting Seward was an obvious decision after the interview, said Leeann Biggs, who served on the mural committee and is a library board member.
submitted the 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch pencil sketch to the competition because it would be neat to create something for the community that would leave a lasting impression and they might enjoy. He has been teaching art at Pike High School for 15 years, and has been displaying his work at the CCA Gallery in Zionsville for three years.
usually works with oil paints in a more impressionistic style, Seward
will use acrylic paints and paint in a "tighter" style on the library mural.
Acrylic paints are better to use in a place like the public library because they dry quickly and don't have an odor that could bother some patrons like oil paints, he
has experience with painting murals, having painted a mural at the Zionsville Fellowship Church
, but he
said it is still nerve-wracking to go from a blank space to a finished product.
"I'm very hopeful people will enjoy it," he
is excited to start painting the mural, and, while its not his
main goal, he
is hopeful the mural will help get his
name out to the community and get people interested in seeing his
"That is such an honor when people come across your work and want to buy it," he