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Your letters - March 20 edition

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In response to 'Athletic Art' from Feb. 20

I painted the first four panels on the Main Street of the mural. I discontinued helping Jim with this project because he started to paint onto my already finished paintings. He told me Thomas Malchow was his favorite part that I did and he did not alter that part. He mostly altered the 3rd and 4th panels with shading of green in places I had shaded with white and black. Taylor, Jim and Erin Pederson painted the panels on the South side of the Uptown during the summer after graduation. I also painted several other murals that year for WDC. One mural was in the hockey arena and the other was in the district office. Both survived the tornado.

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My name is Erika Windels and I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. Growing up everyone always told me that I was going to be an Artist. I have been selling my paintings since the age of 16 and my business name is Paintings by Erika Jane. I paint commissioned murals for local businesses such as Anytime Fitness and MN Surf. Many people come to me for various projects and I enjoy the diversity. I also enjoy face painting in the summer and was a tattoo apprentice for a short time.

I graduate this spring from CLC and I am transferring to St.Cloud State to finish my Bachelors in Fine Arts and Psychology. From there I will attend Narpo University in Boulder Colorado to complete my Doctorate as an Art Therapist. I have always been very interested in the medical field and am always busy with an art project so I feel my career as an Art Therapist will be the perfect match.

I am also very interested in Children's book Illustration, fitness/nutrition and horticulture. I plan to have my own studio/coffee shop downtown Boulder Colorado, where I will teach yoga classes, produce and sell art while also illustrating children's books. In my old age I would like to teach younger students about art and have a greenhouse and hobby farm.

Erika Windels

Brainerd

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