The exterior or closed mural of “In Tune with Nature” has sheet music to the Louis Armstrong song “What a Wonderful World” floating through the woods. The musical notes even wrap around a tree, which sways it's branches in response, and the notes are briefly backwards, as we see them from behind.
A quail bobs to the musical notes below it, perched in a branch at the top left section of the mural. Adding wildlife to a local forest scene is essential fun as a BC mural artist!
This was somehow the first raccoon in memory that I've painted as a BC mural artist. Everywhere I've lived in BC raccoons have as well, as these intelligent bandits with an IQ above house cats have evolved alongside humans into more urban settings.
As a Vancouver Island mural artist, I love painting wildlife that can be found close to the mural, like this bright red and orange Rufous hummingbird. Hovering over green ferns and foliage common to coastal BC, this tiny bird also flies south to Mexico for winter seasons.
The inside or open mural of “In Tune With Nature” is a colourful underwater sound-scape with opposing songs from orca and a humpback whale shown as bright magenta and red sine waves. Sockeye salmon and a seal shelter in foreground bull kelp.
A humpback whale, the largest whale to frequent Vancouver Island, swims through the Georgia Straight into the mural. While both males and female humpbacks are famous for singing, the males lave long complex songs, like the one starting from his mouth in the mural.
Orca swim through this Vancouver Island underwater mural while sockeye salmon and a harbour seal shelter in foreground kelp, surf grass and anemones. The pink sine wave of the killer whale's underwater voice emerges from the largest orca's mouth.
Killer whales, Vancouver Island's top coastal predator, swim into the mural through bull kelp. In real life resident and transient orca can sometimes be seen near the mural in Chemainus, BC, including the endangered southern resident group, as they feed on salmon, herring and other fish.
A harbour seal shelters in kelp, sharing the foreground of the mural with spider crabs. I enjoy seeing harbour seals while snorkeling around Vancouver Island, sometimes surprising them as they nap underwater.
Sockeye salmon swim through bull kelp past eel grass, sea urchins and red and pink brooding anemones in this Chemainus mural. Salmon numbers were once so high that much of the nitrogen in BC's coastal forest floors comes from the remains of salmon.