Splendido resident painting a 12-foot by 25-foot mural

Art Dahlstrand said he has only volunteered for two things in his life, once when he joined the Marines at the age of 17 during World War II, and a second time when he volunteered to paint a 12-foot by 25-foot mural.

Since October, the Splendido resident has been painting the mural on 4 by 8-foot sheets of Masonite that will later be pieced together and mounted on the outside of a ramada at the Tucson Country Day School.

His typical paintings are done with either oil or watercolor and depict everything from Sedona, Arizona, to the sun coming up over the Rincon Mountains. He has done portraits of people and completed paintings of bobcats roaming through the desert.

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