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Mustang artist harbors passion for murals

Muralist Rick Sinnett grew up in Mustang and was inspired to become an artist as a middle school student.
by Matt Patterson Published: August 20, 2014

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Tanner Frady works on a mural created by Rick Sinnett at the Mustang Public Library. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
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Tanner Frady works on a mural created by Rick Sinnett at the Mustang Public Library. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman Steve Gooch -

Rick Sinnett is accustomed to painting in public spaces, but the Mustang Public Library is a bit different.

For starters, it’s the first mural he has painted inside a library and one of the first he has painted indoors. But the Mustang native had no trouble finishing the artwork, which covers a 60-foot wall in the children’s area of the library.

The mural includes a scissor-tailed flycatcher, the state bird, along with the state wildflower, the Indian blanket. There are also two mustangs to recognize the city where he painted the mural.

“Painting inside has its own set of challenges,” Sinnett said. “Normally I don’t have to put down a drop cloth or tape things up. Usually I have music playing. But it’s nice. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of painting inside a library. It’s a community-based environment, and that is good chemistry with public art.”

Visitors asked him questions while he worked, and Sinnett said he enjoys answering them.

Sinnett is beginning to get a following statewide. He painted a mural on a flower shop in Mustang several years ago, and about six months later, the building was heavily damaged by severe weather and was ultimately torn down. But enough people saw it beforehand to help Sinnett, who makes his living as an artist, get additional painting commissions.

Sinnett decided while in middle school that he would be an artist. A visiting artist spent two days in his class on a project. Little did Sinnett know he would work with that artist on projects as an adult.

“Bert Seaborn came to our class to do a demo, and I just admired him so much,” Sinnett said. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do for a living. I’ve been able to work with him quite a bit since then, and I’ve let him know why I picked this career path.”

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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