Artist creates work of art on the side of barn

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Charmaine Tesmer gave her barn a face lift by creating three separate murals on the sides of her barn. The new mural consists of a covered bridge landscape and took her exactly three weeks to complete.

Dan and Charmaine Tesmer have finally completed their newest mural on their barn.

The mural, which can be seen from CR 550S, took only three weeks to complete and consists of a large landscape, which includes Big Walnut Creek and one of the many covered bridges.

Tesmer began her hobby of oil painting after taking several lessons on the subject, her favorite thing being landscapes.

Charmaine Tesmer

She came up with the idea to paint the bar initially back in 2002, after noticing it was beginning to look run-down and needed many repairs, which her husband Dan wasn't too excited to fix.

"I told him, if you do the repairs I'll paint a mural," said Tesmer. "I just did it because it was an old barn and I wanted to paint it to make it look pretty."

The couple initially planned on repainting the barn earlier in the year but due to the extreme heat they were forced to wait.

As with the pervious murals, she began her planning by sketching out just what she exactly wanted to do. A lot of things were changed but the overall concept remained the same.

Several local residents have noticed what a difference it makes in the community, especially during the Covered Bridge Festival. It is during this festival where people from all over the United States stop to take a closer look.

"It's been really interesting," said Tesmer. "We've had an enjoyable time meeting people from all over they United States."

Tesmer's paintings may be just a hobby for her but she truly has created work that everyone can enjoy.

It is her plan to repaint the other three sides of her barn that face the street next summer as of now she plans on using the theme of the four seasons.

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  • What a wonderful piece of Americana.

    -- Posted by greatful mom on Sat, Oct 15, 2011, at 11:22 AM
  • Just beautiful ! Thank you, Charmaine.

    -- Posted by MLHazelrigg on Sat, Oct 15, 2011, at 5:33 PM
  • Charmaine, it is simply beautiful and greatly appreciated! You are truly gifted. Thank you for sharing your talent with everyone who passes by.

    -- Posted by jetnkt on Sat, Oct 15, 2011, at 8:19 PM
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