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The Maverick : Winter 2019

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200-MILLION-YEAR-OLD INSPIRATIONBY By SHARON SULLIVAN From clay replicas to paleo and scientific illustrations, three alumni create works of art inspired by dinosaurs While some children might find the movie Jurassic Park terrifying, 2-year-old Brooke Safken was inspired to begin drawing dinosaurs after she watched the Steven Spielberg film. Twenty years later, the film franchise discovered Safken’s talent for paleo illustration and hired her to create promotional art for the movie franchise. She’s one of three Colorado Mesa University alumni who’ve combined a talent for art with a passion for dinosaurs. Safken, 26, who graduated from CMU in 2014, currently teaches art at the university. In 2013, she entered dinosaur drawings in the Mesa County Fair which were noticed – this time by Museum

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