Sequim artist Tim Quinn's last major unfinished project will be completed with the help of his longtime friend Port Angeles artist Jackson Smart.
Re-doing the mural "Olympic Visions" at First and Laurel streets in downtown Port Angeles is between one-third and half complete. Smart and his assistant Dani LaBlond will finish it this summer.
"It's an honor to step in and complete something he was working on," Smart said.
"This will honor his memory."
The Nor'wester Rotary Club of Port Angeles selected Smart a few weeks ago.
Rotary Club president Doc Reiss said the finalists all were talented but it came down to duplicating Quinn's work and having a seamless flow.
"Jackson also has an emotional bond," Reiss said.
"He wants Tim's work to live on and be presented well to the public."
Quinn was working on the mural for the second time before he died of natural causes in December 2009.
He first finished it in 1999, but moisture had loosened the paint and his work.
The Rotary Club recommissioned him later to redo the mural.
He last worked on it in November 2009, Smart said.
Reiss said they have interlocking metal mounted at the site now so they don't need to worry about the mural paint peeling or warping or it rusting.
"We know this will last," he said.
The bond between Smart and Quinn began in 1966 when they met on an Army base in California. Smart was a fireman and Quinn worked in the dispensary.
Smart said they used to play horseshoes.
They met again in 1985 after Smart began his sign business, Jackson's Signs. He often hired Quinn to
help with work. They made several pieces together including murals and business signs in Port Angeles.
"I appreciated his art and him as a person," Smart said.
"I learned a lot from him and him a lot from me."
Smart said their styles are similar but not quite the same.
He plans to follow Quinn's style closely with LaBlond following his lead.
"To any untrained eye, it'll be the same," Smart said.
LaBlond - who hasn't worked on a mural of this size - is looking forward to starting.
"It's going to be exciting," she said. "I can paint more realistically easier than my own abstract work."
Quinn's mural contains
representations of Lake Crescent, Seven Lakes Basin, Rialto Beach, Sol Duc Falls and the coastal forest to the Pacific Ocean in LaPush. Birds and animals are scattered throughout the mural sections that represent each area. Quinn was known for his work's hidden images, such as his editorial cartoons in the Sequim Gazette hiding character Slick the Slug.
Smart plans to include Slick along with his own personal touches.
He encourages people to introduce themselves so he can incorporate their names in the mural as homage to Quinn having done the same thing.
Reiss said the mural has significance to locals and tourists.
In the summer, visitors used to take their pictures in front of it and he'd let them know what the significance is behind it.
"It shows people what we have and where we're from," he said.
Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequim
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