Marlinton, WV. 350 square foot mural, acrylic laminate mural. 2010-2011.
The design of this mural was inspired by the book The Last Forest, written by GD McNeill, a 6th generation native West Virginia writer. The poetry of his daughter Louise McNeill (WV poet laureate in 1974) was also used as inspiration. Their writings illustrate a great expanse of time, beginning with memories of the the virgin forest and the drastic transitions brought by the first timber industry. Characters from GD's book are brought to life in the mural. Louise's poems are interlaced in the upper portions of the mural.