This is an Homage to the Pioneers who came to the Ashcroft Area many years ago, beginning around the middle of the 1800s. This project was started by Mary and Jane Cameron and Jane's husband Buzz Osterloh, who offered to sponsor the mural for materials and through the church they were baptized and married in, St. Albans, Ashcroft. The riders depicted are Brian Parke, in front, who's great great uncle Tom Parke along with his wife, established Upper Hat Creek Ranch circa 1860. The rider in the background is Henry Schneider, an iconic Cowboy figure of the area. Thank you to Kathy Paulos of the Ashcroft Museum for all her continued help and support.
The piece was illustrated by Marina Papais who worked with Gary Winslow and his photo shoots of this vast area. Laura Hedges became involved as the director of the painting process that followed and together the women created and finished this painting.