LIMA — Senior Audrey Stemen was a little more creative with her time on spring break.
Rather than on the beach, Stemen spent more than 30 hours at Lima Central Catholic High School painting a mural.
The project was a year in the making as she first approached school officials in the fall. Stemen was awarded plenty of creative freedom, her only requirement being it needed to capture the essence of the school’s spirit.
It wasn’t too hard to figure what exactly that meant, Stemen said.
“The first three words you see on the school’s website are faith, pride and spirit,” she said.
Using the phrase as the vocal point, she played with a variety of different designs before getting the green light from the school.
“I wanted it to look bold but simple at the same time,” Stemen said.
As a result, the 18-year-old created a mural full of color with just $15 and some leftover paints. Her favorite aspects being her treatment to the lettering and the bright colors in the background.
“For my art, I do a lot of stuff that people wouldn’t see as an idea,” she said. “Its just to my own ideas or experiences, good or bad. … I like taking the most simple idea or saying in life, whether it be a memory or some kind of idea, and expanding on that in your own way and adding your own personal touch.”
Stemen hesitates to identify a favorite medium or even what she would like to do once she finishes studying illustration while minoring in graphic design and advertising at the Columbus School of Art and Design. She doesn’t want to limit herself.
For example, she loves painting, drawing, film-making, photography and the like. She’s also created Christmas cards for the school and a banner for the Kairos Retreat. While creating the mural, Stemen also created a time-lapse video, available on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1d6c6m5.
“I love to expand my skills and get better at any kind of medium, really,” she said. “I just want to do what I love.”