No mural of the Kennebec river history could be complete without reference to the trappers who explored the river and hills. I had drawn out the composition and the pose for this main figure in this panel, but I didn’t yet have a face I liked for him. While at the courthouse working on the mural, this man, one of the building painters came by. My wife Jen spotted him and said, “what about him?” Perfect! He was a great model, getting right into the drama and quiet action of the scene. Wonderful. Thank you.
From that point on many people associated with the new Courthouse building became part of the mural…construction workers, attorneys, their kids, the architect, even a couple of the Justices.