Colorful animal murals featuring the famous Eagle

Muralist Amy Dose poses with a huge painted fish on one of three murals that will be installed along Eby Creek Road. Dose said that with the project halted due to COVID, she was able to better refine the designs before she started painting the murals.
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An Eagle beautification project that was put on hold in 2020 has once again started. Near the east corner of the intersection of Eby Creek Rd. and Chambers Ave., the three murals by local artist Amy Dose will likely go on display later this year.

The paintings will line the Alpine Lumber property in frames constructed specifically to hold the wooden panels on which the murals are painted. When plans for the mural project debuted, Alpine Lumber had partnered with the city to complete the project. The company has since backed out of the mural project. Despite this, the murals will still be erected in front of the same stretch of road and will welcome Eagle residents and visitors with a splash of color.

“The artwork [will] include elements that showcase the city’s identity and why Eagle is a special place,” read a 2019 call for the artist outlining the project’s initiatives. “The works of art are designed to instill pride and happiness in community members of all ages.”

The chosen muralist, Dose, lived in Eagle for about 15 years and raised her now 22-year-old daughter in the town.

“I love this city, I’m connected to the community there,” Dose said. “So it’s really exciting to be able to do something like that.”

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The murals will be the first public art installation in the town of Eagle. Dose, despite completing other mural projects throughout the valley, said the Eby Creek mural project was also a first for her.

Amy Dose is working on one of three murals Eagle hopes to install this year along Eby Creek Rd. Dose chose to depict wildlife found at Eagle in the murals, nodding to the the city’s love of the outdoors, wildlife and recreation.
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The murals will be his first very large, very public project. Previously, Dose installed a colorful mural on the Vail Health East Wing Connector Hallway. She has also helped brighten up many other interiors in her wall painting, decorative finishing, repair and faux painting business, Flying Shoe Arts.

However, with an audience as large as cars and pedestrians milling around on Eby Creek Rd., Dose said she was surprisingly happy to have a break from the momentum of the project. Like many other projects slated for completion in 2020, the Eagle Mural Project has begun to slip through the cracks in the face of the pandemic.

“It’s actually a good thing because I changed, solidified the designs,” Dose said. “It’s just more intentional than it was going to be. It’s the same subject and the same kind of idea, but I think the fact that it took a little longer was good, so I was able to take a little distance from (the murals). Then I think I created a stronger design that will show up really well on the street.

Dose spent the extra time allotted to the project refining the design, but over the course of her career, her career as an artist has helped her hone her skills to the level she is at today.

Getting her start designing theater sets, Dose said she was already used to exploding images and creating large-scale art. Then, with Flying Shoe Arts, she honed that skill even further, learning to bring client-imagined interiors to life. The public wall dive seemed to be waiting for Dose just around the bend.

“I always knew I could do something like this,” Dose said. “I think as a mom and a small business owner, my priority has always been those two things first.”

Without parameters, Dose said his art was mostly centered around nature and wildlife. With a studio perfectly positioned for wildlife viewing, Dose said it was easy to take inspiration from majestic mountain animals such as deer and elk.

Dose’s studio is littered with paintings of the creatures.

“My daughter is 22, and her friends came (to the studio), and they were like, ‘Wow. Your mom really likes deer.'”

The three murals Dose creates for the Eby Creek project are all aligned with his usual subjects. One mural depicts fish, another depicts a deer, and the last depicts an elk. Not only are the animals all found at Eagle, but they also represent the high value members of the Eagle community place on wildlife, the outdoors and recreation.

The muralist explained that instead of painting the animals realistically, she opted for bright colors and bold shapes. This will make the art eye-catching from the road, Dose said.
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With projects as public as the Dose murals will be, there will always be people who don’t like participation, she said. She even described a case where she heard negative comments about her Vail Health mural.

“The other day my husband had surgery – it wasn’t a big deal, it wasn’t a big deal at all – but he was walking with a nurse, they were walking him down the hallway that I had painted and then he said to the woman, ‘So you like the hallway?’ »

When her husband told her the woman said no, Dose said she thought it was hilarious.

“He said, just laughing, ‘Oh yeah, my wife painted that,'” Dose said. “And she said, ‘Oh -‘ and he was like, ‘Don’t worry, don’t back down. we are all entitled to our opinion.

While an artist may want everyone to like their work, Dose said the reality doesn’t always turn out that way.

While it’s important to ensure that the audience for the artwork is overall happy with the piece, Dose explained that for her, having the opportunity to do what she loves and to give that love back to the community is what makes his work worthwhile.

“That’s what draws you in, you want to be connected,” Dose said. “But, I think all the other judgments and the voices and all the distracting stuff. You have to kind of try to let it all go away and be inside of yourself.

Painting is usually a solitary activity, but for Dose it’s how she connects to the world around her, but it’s also how she can feel most herself, most comfortable and comfortable. the most satisfied.

“There’s so much emotion tied to (the painting),” Dose said.

Wanting to explore all the emotions painting can bring to her, Dose said she is often one to experiment with her own expression, never fully embracing a specific style. When designing the murals she is doing for the project, Dose said determining the style of the paintings involved combining her own style with elements she knew the town of Eagle was looking for.

“Real creativity doesn’t happen when you try too hard to make people happy,” Dose said. “You can’t force it, otherwise you lose all the magic of it.”

Amy Dose sits among supplies while working on the first of three murals she is about to paint for Eagle’s Eby Creek Rd. mural project.
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In bright colors with geometric elements, the murals are meant to grab attention for even the fastest impressions of drivers crossing the intersection roundabout.

Each mural takes about a week and a half to paint, Dose said, and the first of three is already complete.

“I know they plan to install them this year,” Dose said.

Alongside the mural installation, the city also plans to “dress” the roadside in front of the work. Dose said a landscaping company coordinated with her to determine the best foliage location to view the murals.

“I think in the long run they want to put in a little seating area and make it more inviting,” Dose said.

And the welcome was exactly what the City of Eagle was looking for when the project first launched in 2019. The artist’s call for the mural project described the exhibit as a “welcoming gateway for those entering Eagle.

Atop a mural in progress is artist Amy Dose’s concept painting of one of three murals slated for installation on Eby Creek Rd. later this year.
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“The artwork should make community members of all ages proud and happy,” reads the artist’s appeal. “Residents should say, ‘I’m home’ when they see the artwork and feel like Eagle belongs there. Visitors seeing the artwork should say, “I’m glad to be here” and “I can’t wait to come back.” »

With the painting of the murals nearing completion, Dose said she was happy to be involved in the launch of Eagle’s first public art installation and an effort to make people feel more welcome and happier there. Eagle.

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