By Nick Sestanovich
The last two years have been a period of loss for Dixon High Schoolers. In that time, three students and one teacher have had their lives cut short, causing grief for their classmates and students.
One Dixon native is working to ensure that all four will continue to be remembered on campus. She painted a mural with symbols of their personality traits interspersed across the backdrop of Dixon changing through the seasons, which will be installed in the DHS quad.
Painting Dixon is a natural fit for Colleen Gnos, who now lives in Pismo Beach but grew up in the city, where she graduated from Dixon High in 1993. She has returned on occasion to paint pieces like the murals inside St. Peter’s Catholic Church or the farmer and his dog overlooking Interstate 80 on the outskirts of town. Gnos’ newest piece, “Remember: Life’s Seasons,” was described by the artist as one of her more emotional works.