Meet the 2022 Artists

Laurel High Schools muralist Grace Negrette

Laurel High Schools muralist Grace Negrette

Grace Negrette – Laurel High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I’ve always loved to create art since the time I was a little kid, mostly because of my grandma. She’s also an artist and that has inspired me to continue with my art. Although, I really started to get into creating art in 4th grade when I joined art club. Every Tuesday I’d go for an hour or so and draw animals. After that I was hooked and have continued to draw up until now. Even though I do enjoy painting, pencil and paper will always be my favorite medium, particularly drawing animals and portraits.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?

I actually wasn’t planning on doing the mural this year, but someone reached out to me asking if I could submit a drawing since there wasn’t many submissions. After a little bit of thought, I decided that doing a mural might be an opportunity I never get again, along with a great way to support the community.

Tell us your thought process behind creating your mural design?

My inspiration for the mural came from the 4 Non Blonds album cover with the train on the front. I first saw this image when my mother sent me a screenshot through a text, from then on my imagination was sparked. I began to make the picture my own by changing a lot of the elements and playing with the colors. The album cover really helped me to get the correct shape of the train, and I referenced the picture quite a bit for the general outline of my drawing.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend Montana State University Billings in the fall of this year to major in psychology. Eventually I’d like to be a clinical therapist, so I can help people overcome obstacles.

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?

I would tell my younger self to grow from every experience weather that be positive or negative. Life isn’t always easy, but it can teach you important lessons along the way. From every experience wisdom can and should be gained. Don’t let a negative situation stunt your self growth.

Grace is the daughter of Kristi Negrette and Mario Negrette


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Laurel High Schools muralist Grace Negrette

Laurel High Schools muralist Grace Negrette

Grace Negrette – Laurel High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I’ve always loved to create art since the time I was a little kid, mostly because of my grandma. She’s also an artist and that has inspired me to continue with my art. Although, I really started to get into creating art in 4th grade when I joined art club. Every Tuesday I’d go for an hour or so and draw animals. After that I was hooked and have continued to draw up until now. Even though I do enjoy painting, pencil and paper will always be my favorite medium, particularly drawing animals and portraits.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?

I actually wasn’t planning on doing the mural this year, but someone reached out to me asking if I could submit a drawing since there wasn’t many submissions. After a little bit of thought, I decided that doing a mural might be an opportunity I never get again, along with a great way to support the community.

Tell us your thought process behind creating your mural design?

My inspiration for the mural came from the 4 Non Blonds album cover with the train on the front. I first saw this image when my mother sent me a screenshot through a text, from then on my imagination was sparked. I began to make the picture my own by changing a lot of the elements and playing with the colors. The album cover really helped me to get the correct shape of the train, and I referenced the picture quite a bit for the general outline of my drawing.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend Montana State University Billings in the fall of this year to major in psychology. Eventually I’d like to be a clinical therapist, so I can help people overcome obstacles.

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?

I would tell my younger self to grow from every experience weather that be positive or negative. Life isn’t always easy, but it can teach you important lessons along the way. From every experience wisdom can and should be gained. Don’t let a negative situation stunt your self growth.

Grace is the daughter of Kristi Negrette and Mario Negrette


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Billings Senior High muralist Madeline Thompson

Billings Senior High muralist Madeline Thompson

Madeline Thompson – Billings Senior High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I first became interested in art after watching my mother paint beautiful flowers. I was about four or five, and she soon allowed to use all of her expensive paints, pencils and various other media. I enjoy the Romanticism era of art. Everything fits together, due to the rules the category has to follow, and feels so perfect. Each picture tells a story, and I would jump into every single one if I could.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?
I grew up looking at the MasterLube murals and have always wanted to give something back to my community. This is my thank you letter to all of the teachers and people who inspired and encouraged me to continue with the arts.

What was it like painting the mural?
I have never painted something quite like the size of this, so it was an adventure. After some trial and error, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my paints blended well. My favorite part of the process was when all of my friends came to help me for a day. I will never forget the joy that filled my heart.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am taking a year off to work with my parents at Rockets Gourmet Wraps. I am also working on gaining my pilot’s license through private instruction. Eventually, I would like to move to Bozeman to be with my friends who are going to college at MSU.

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
It will be okay. Just breathe and continue pushing. Someday, the mountains will pass, and you will be okay. Fight hard for that day, and it will appear sooner than you think.

Madeline is the daughter of Brian and Gala Thompson


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Billings Senior High muralist Madeline Thompson

Billings Senior High muralist Madeline Thompson

Madeline Thompson – Billings Senior High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I first became interested in art after watching my mother paint beautiful flowers. I was about four or five, and she soon allowed to use all of her expensive paints, pencils and various other media. I enjoy the Romanticism era of art. Everything fits together, due to the rules the category has to follow, and feels so perfect. Each picture tells a story, and I would jump into every single one if I could.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?
I grew up looking at the MasterLube murals and have always wanted to give something back to my community. This is my thank you letter to all of the teachers and people who inspired and encouraged me to continue with the arts.

What was it like painting the mural?
I have never painted something quite like the size of this, so it was an adventure. After some trial and error, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my paints blended well. My favorite part of the process was when all of my friends came to help me for a day. I will never forget the joy that filled my heart.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am taking a year off to work with my parents at Rockets Gourmet Wraps. I am also working on gaining my pilot’s license through private instruction. Eventually, I would like to move to Bozeman to be with my friends who are going to college at MSU.

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
It will be okay. Just breathe and continue pushing. Someday, the mountains will pass, and you will be okay. Fight hard for that day, and it will appear sooner than you think.

Madeline is the daughter of Brian and Gala Thompson


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Billings Central Catholic High muralist Mikala Schuster

Billings Central Catholic High muralist Mikala Schuster

Mikala Schuster – Billings Central Catholic High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I have been interested in art since I was a little girl. My favorite type of art is surrealism, for example: Salvador Dalí’s work.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?
I wanted to make my classmates proud.

Tell us your thought process behind creating your mural design?
I wanted something a little different from the past designs and also let my classmates suggest changes and overall make it designed by the senior class as a whole.

What was it like painting the mural?
Painting the mural was tiring and I was surprised with how big it had to be and how textured the wall was. My favorite part of painting was being able to do it with friends and just enjoy my time with them while doing something I loved.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and major in Film Studies.

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell twelve year old me to not be afraid of making connections with my classmates.

Mikala is the daughter of Heidi and Scott Schuster


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Billings Central Catholic High muralist Mikala Schuster

Billings Central Catholic High muralist Mikala Schuster

Mikala Schuster – Billings Central Catholic High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I have been interested in art since I was a little girl. My favorite type of art is surrealism, for example: Salvador Dalí’s work.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?
I wanted to make my classmates proud.

Tell us your thought process behind creating your mural design?
I wanted something a little different from the past designs and also let my classmates suggest changes and overall make it designed by the senior class as a whole.

What was it like painting the mural?
Painting the mural was tiring and I was surprised with how big it had to be and how textured the wall was. My favorite part of painting was being able to do it with friends and just enjoy my time with them while doing something I loved.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and major in Film Studies.

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell twelve year old me to not be afraid of making connections with my classmates.

Mikala is the daughter of Heidi and Scott Schuster


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Billings West High School muralist Kaitlyn Landwehr

Billings West High School muralist Kaitlyn Landwehr

Kaitlyn Landwehr – Billings West High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I have always loved doing art, ever since I was little.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?
Painting the mural is something I always thought would be cool. I’m so grateful I get to represent our graduating class

Tell us your thought process behind creating your mural design?

I knew I wanted to do something with more fine lines because that is my style. I wanted to do something different than the year before me.

What was it like painting the mural?
The texture of the wall I think was the part the surprised me. My favorite part of painting is taking a step back and seeing the full picture come together.

What are your plans after graduation?
Technically I graduated in January early. I am attending MSUB for the Radiology program. The goal is to become an ultrasound technician.

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
It gets hard, but it will always pass.

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Amy Kanning and Kris Rosager

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Billings West High School muralist Kaitlyn Landwehr

Billings West High School muralist Kaitlyn Landwehr

Kaitlyn Landwehr – Billings West High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I have always loved doing art, ever since I was little.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?
Painting the mural is something I always thought would be cool. I’m so grateful I get to represent our graduating class

Tell us your thought process behind creating your mural design?

I knew I wanted to do something with more fine lines because that is my style. I wanted to do something different than the year before me.

What was it like painting the mural?
The texture of the wall I think was the part the surprised me. My favorite part of painting is taking a step back and seeing the full picture come together.

What are your plans after graduation?
Technically I graduated in January early. I am attending MSUB for the Radiology program. The goal is to become an ultrasound technician.

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
It gets hard, but it will always pass.

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Amy Kanning and Kris Rosager

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Skyview High School muralist Lydia Schwarzkopf

Skyview High School muralist Lydia Schwarzkopf

Lydia Schwarzkopf – Billings Skyview High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I was first interested in art when I was in 5th grade. I love all types of art as long as I can get my hands on it I’ll enjoy it.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?
My sister has painted one in the past and I want to try something more challenging
Rainy and windy weather dampened her painting plans, but Lacee relied on her friends and family to help finish the mural on time. Despite the challenges, she was excited to see her final design full-sized.

Tell us your thought process behind creating your mural design?
I just researched graffiti layouts and watched youtube videos and put my idea together with what I learned

Do you have any advice for other students interested in painting a mural?
I would make sure you have a decent amount of painting experience so you know how to execute your idea on a larger scale

What are your plans after graduation?
I’m hoping to continue in arts or hopefully do art commissions

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
Your art doesn’t have to fit into one aesthetic or be aesthetically pleasing. if you can execute how you feel into a piece it will be more genuine and meaningful to yourself and others

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Skyview High School muralist Lydia Schwarzkopf

Skyview High School muralist Lydia Schwarzkopf

Lydia Schwarzkopf – Billings Skyview High School

When were you first interested in art? What sort of artwork do you enjoy?
I was first interested in art when I was in 5th grade. I love all types of art as long as I can get my hands on it I’ll enjoy it.

What made you want to paint this year’s mural?
My sister has painted one in the past and I want to try something more challenging
Rainy and windy weather dampened her painting plans, but Lacee relied on her friends and family to help finish the mural on time. Despite the challenges, she was excited to see her final design full-sized.

Tell us your thought process behind creating your mural design?
I just researched graffiti layouts and watched youtube videos and put my idea together with what I learned

Do you have any advice for other students interested in painting a mural?
I would make sure you have a decent amount of painting experience so you know how to execute your idea on a larger scale

What are your plans after graduation?
I’m hoping to continue in arts or hopefully do art commissions

If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
Your art doesn’t have to fit into one aesthetic or be aesthetically pleasing. if you can execute how you feel into a piece it will be more genuine and meaningful to yourself and others

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