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I t should come as no surprise then, to learn that the Dufur brothers worked side-by-side on an interior wall mural in the popular Running Shop and Hops taproom in downtown Morgan Hill. The 14 x 25 foot mural was their first commercial mural project. “We wanted to add depth and color to a large wall,” recalled Paul Rakitin, who owns and operates the business with his wife Renee. “They did an amazing job; we receive lots of compliments.” The mural depicts an idyllic scene set in a grove of birch trees immersed in colorful foliage. Beer kegs among the shrubs lend a whimsically appropriate touch, as does the inclusion of “Porter,” a pot belly pig who serves as the tap- room’s mascot. In the mural’s center, a trail of footprints lead to the running shop next door. Painted in acrylics, the trees and kegs are accentuated with an air brush application, creating soft shad- ing that artistically defines the cylindri- cal shapes. The Dufur family moved to Gilroy when the twins were two years old. They grew up helping with the family nursery. They attended public school through the sixth grade, then pursued independent studies through their high school years. It was during this period that Chris and Josh discovered their interest in art. They entered and won a sixth-grade poster competition and drew inspiration from comic books. Their interest in art grew and matured during ten years of private lesso