Students and staff at Christian Heritage Academy in Lakeville, Minn., recently solved an intriguing mystery. For weeks, remarkable original drawings kept popping up on the building’s whiteboards without anyone spotting the anonymous artist. The multicolored doodles included characters from Star Wars and the Bible, winter scenes, and charming animals.
“They come in and they get all excited,” said second-grade teacher Marcia Budnik. “‘Look who’s on our board today!’”
The school eventually identified janitor Myron Peterson as the mystery artist, who considers the fact that he can even hold a marker, let alone create the intricate drawings, a blessing. Peterson, who calls himself a former “stick-figure artist,” was involved in an automobile accident in 2017 that left him with a traumatic brain injury that somehow unlocked a hidden artistic talent. “I’ve never taken lessons on this,” he said.
A former facilities manager, Peterson said he is grateful for his current job, the first he’s had since the crash. His brain injury may have gifted him with unusual artistic ability, but it also left him with debilitating migraines, limiting his viable work options.
Peterson described his early morning routine at the academy, saying, “It’s peaceful, and I pray for the teachers and the kids.”
Principal Gail Wolfe said that Peterson has formed a unique relationship with the academy’s students as a result of his early-hours doodling. The academy may have advertised for a part-time janitor, but they got so much more, she told KARE-TV in Minneapolis. —L.E.