A group of Midlothian Heritage High School art students painted a Midlothian-themed mural in the new Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. The mural displays the unity of the town, incorporating both high schools, first responders, and Chris Kyle’s logo.

The owner of the Fuzzy’s Taco in Midlothian and Granbury, Eric Walker, wanted local artists to paint the mural that represented the community with a touch of Fuzzy’s flair. It was the Midlothian principal, Manny Medina, who presented the idea of painting the mural to the Heritage art teacher, Jeremy Eggleston.

“Since I wanted this to be a truly districtwide design, I reached out to coach Sooter here at MHS as well as Jeremy Eggleston at Heritage,” Medina said. “They had their students make various sketches for Mr. Walker to choose from, demonstrating a variety of design styles.”

The winning design was completed by Heritage freshman, Braden Lawhead.

Eggleston had his finest students from his accelerated art classes work on the mural to guarantee exceptional work.

“They are up here after school working on their own. They are all hard workers. All of these kids are in art three and art four, so these are my best students, and they’ve given a great amount of effort,” Eggleston complimented.

Thos students included Joe Hines, Ofelia Wallen, Jordyn Baxter, Hanna Kratsman, Andrea Borondy and Shaun Brunick.

Hines is a senior and Midlothian native. On day one of working on the mural, he said, “We had a projector set up on a ladder and it would get really blurry and annoying, but overall, not too many obstacles.”

When looking back on his childhood and now this mural, he said it surprises him to see all that went into it, because if it were painted three years ago, the Heritage symbol would have nothing to do with it.

“I grew up here. It wasn’t a big town and now we have a Fuzzy’s here with our own mural, along with a lot of other stuff being built. It’s weird to see Midlothian become a big town,” Hines said.

Hines was very humble about his work and was most appreciative of doing a project at this scale outside of the classroom.

Wallen is also a senior but has only lived in Midlothian since starting high school. When she heard that she was working on the Fuzzy’s mural, her first thought was, “Do we get free tacos?”

She hasn’t received an answer yet.

“I focused on the fish. I worked on that the whole time because I wanted it to be perfect since it’s the logo of the restaurant. I tried to make it as nice as I possibly could because it was difficult because that green wasn’t opaque enough,” Wallen said.

While gazing at the mural, Wallen said, “I think this is what Midlothian stands for. This is Midlothian on a wall.”

Knowing that all of her friends and family will enjoy the mural, seeing her work, makes her feel proud. She’s most excited for the shop to open so she can show everyone what the students did.

Baxter was thrilled to work on the mural and said it was an honor since she’s only a junior. She left her mark on the high school logos. She said all of the elements that were included are key for locals and newcomers to see.

She has lived in the Midlothian area her whole life, and in hindsight, she said, “I think it’s a good representation of the town. It has both high schools and the Midlothian police and fire department, which are sometimes left out, and of course, it incorporates Fuzzy’s in the mural. I like the design and how it turned out.”

Baxter added, “When you’re up there on the ladder all we do is talk and have a lot of laughs. Whenever we step back and see what we’ve accomplished, it’s definitely a good feeling.”

Kratsman is also a junior that just moved to Midlothian six months ago and is already leaving her mark on the town. When she was invited to work on the mural, she said, “I was ecstatic. A little explosion went off inside of me. It’s really only been us that’s worked on it, so I was really happy to be one of the few to work on this.”

She worked on the mural from the tracing to adding the final touches. Kratsman explained how during the beginning stages, the restaurant didn’t have electricity, so the building was very dark at times.

During the project, she focused on the lion and the police badge. She said, “That’s my baby.” But when looking at the mural overall, one word came to her mind, “unity.”

The students worked on the mural for about 12 hours over a four-day span. Patrons can enjoy the painting at Fuzzy’s new opening date on Jan. 9, 2018.