Wendell Dowling, muralist
Wendell Dowling, a local artist with deep roots in Santa Paula, says, "I never wanted to be anything but an artist for as long
as I can remember." His artistic talents have led him into a wide variety of artistic pursuits from working as a technical
illustrator for an engineering firm to a freelance artist creating illustrations for numerous books and magazines.
One of his favorite projects was to illustrate a book, "Stalls, Spins and Safety," written by his father-in-law Sammy Mason, a
famous test pilot for Lockheed Corporation and a legend among flying enthusiasts.
Given his passion for detailed illustrations, Dowling was a logical choice for this mural depicting the many modes of
transportation that helped move Santa Paula into the 20th Century.
Dowling painstakingly researched every detail of the trains, planes and automobiles shown in the mural. He and his wife, Lynne,
created this fantastic mural over a period of several months.