Bible Mural – First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor

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This mural spans 40 feet on the second floor of the First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They welcome visitors if you would like to see the mural in person. It’s used regularly during bible study classes to give a visual to the subjects being taught.

When I was first approached about doing the mural, I couldn’t imagine doing the entire history of the bible in just 40 feet, and painting it as one continuous mural. I’m sure there was a hand guiding me in the creation of this mural. Many of the subjects I had no idea how I was going to paint until I got to the panel. I used the sky and the hard-scape to join each image into the previous one. By subtle changes in the rock and sky colors, I was able to suggest a separation between the events. The following photos take you through some of the section details. Click on the first photo to see a slide show.

Here I am painting the middle section of the mural. The final week was spent on my knees handing lettering all the events from the bible on the 40 foot span.

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If I did this again, there is not much I would change, except maybe the kneeling part. My knees have never been the same since.

Katherine Larson

Katherine Larson is a graphic artist, muralist and classical singer from Dexter, Michigan.

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