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Meet the Man Behind the Murals


Cambridge, Md.- It takes three weeks to complete half of one of Michael Rosata's monster murals.

He's spent the past three working to paint a heron plucking a soft shelled crab from the Chesapeake Bay shoreline.  But this isn't just a painting for your living room, it's getting posted on the side of the historic J.M. Clayton Company in Cambridge.

Already, one of Rosato's works is on display on the caboose behind Powell Realtors.  He says although it takes time, and a special kind of vision, these murals are a passion project.

"This is special because it's Dorchester County, and it's close to the heart." said Rosato.

The second half of the heron picture is below the waterline, showing oysters and striped bass.  But that half is still just blank canvas.

"The premise is Michener's-- based on James Michener's book 'The Chesapeake".  I mean it's called the Chesapeake Scenic Byway, so all these paintings are going to be placed along the byway" said Rosato.

The murals are being created as part of a grant from the National Scenic Byway Program, and the Dorchester Tourism Department is working on securing two more grants for even more murals to be put up.

In the meantime, Joe Brooks, one of the owners of J.M. Clayton Company says he can't wait for their mural to arrive.

"I've only seen a mockup, just a little 8x10 of what Mike has in mind, but it looked like it really had a lot of nice parts of Dorchester county in it, and I'm kinda looking forward to seeing it." said Brooks.

Rosato says if all goes well, this next mural should be visible to all on the side of J.M. Clayton around Thanksgiving.

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