Photo by Charity Maness/Fall River County Herald Star
Senay Pulscher stands before her mural artwork in the education room entrance at The Mammoth Site.
By Charity Maness
HOT SPRINGS – Hot Springs High School sophomore Senay Pulscher’s mural art graces the entrance wall to the education building at the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs.
“I think her work is amazing,” said Senay’s supervisor Risé Lewis. “She has a lot of potential and we are hoping she can do other projects at the site.”
This is Senay’s first mural, yet she is no stranger to art.
“I have been drawing forever,” she said of her passion.
“She is all self-taught,” said her father Luke Pulscher, “I find it amazing that she can do that and I hope she sticks with it.”
“Jim Hayes at school has helped her a lot,” said her mother Carmen Pulscher of her daughter’s ever-growing artistic talent.
“I sketched some designs first and it took me about a month to complete.”
Working at the Mammoth Site for the past two years has been a great experience for Senay and helped her gain more insight into the mammoth she would create for the mural.
“I like to learn things,” she said, “and a museum is a great place to learn things.”
Using techniques such as sponging, broad strokes and defined strokes, Senay created a one-of-a-kind mural depicting a Mammoth appearing from the clouds overlooking a meadow with Bison in the distance, sunflowers, trees, bumble bees and more. She also worked in some special hidden art pieces into her work in hopes of drawing the observer in for a closer look as well as having a little fun with the art.
“I did the Mammoth last,” explained Senay, “I was most worried about getting it just right.” But according to her co-workers, and some staff, it’s right on the nose.
“I used a larger brush and dipped it into many colors,” she said of the colors used for the Mammoth hide. The sweeps of her brush creating a windblown look to the Mammoth’s hair.
According to Senay her co-workers have given her Mammoth rendition the name of Quandale Dingle. “I really don’t know what that means,” she said, “we are all teenagers working here and we just like to have fun.”
“I’m really glad I did this,” she said, “it’s nice to get my toe out into the real art world.”
If you stop by the Mammoth Site and their education rooms are open, see if you can find the hidden heart and dolphin in her mural.
When not creating art or working, Senay enjoys cheer, sewing and archery with her favorite subject in school being Math.