In Ravenna, heads have been turning as the large mural featuring two L&N trains has taken shape over the past couple of months.
While most of the painting is done, artist Scot Hall estimates he still has at least 20 hours of work left as he adds the finishing details.
Since about mid-June, Hall has worked on the mural most evenings after he gets off work at 5 p.m. He has also worked on the project during the weekends. And he hasn’t let a long string of days with 90 degree heat deter him either.
Hall said he’s regularly posted pictures on Facebook of the progress he’s made.
The project began with hours of research and sketching. The mural itself is based on a photo taken at the roundhouse that was once located just across the road. The photo belongs to Roger Riddell and was taken in 1947.
Hall, who’s currently working as a builder, has previously worked for publishing companies. A veteran of the Navy, he’s done a lot of different things, and he’s even painted several other murals in other cities. However, this is the first one he’s done in Estill County.
He volunteered to paint the mural on George and Oliver’s Ravenna Food Mart for nothing, hoping merely to establish himself as an artist in his hometown where many aren’t aware of his talents beyond carpentry.
His plan appears to be working already. The trains have attracted lots of attention, and Hall said he’s already getting offers for additional work.