The second mural commission for Paradise Adventure Park in Parksville, BC, is an island pirate scene. While Vancouver Island may be short on pirates, this mural depicts a tropical Caribbean island completely occupied by the jolly scoundrels. A pirate Man 0' War anchors in a bay behind an active volcano in the distance, while a beached ship wreck (complete with a skeleton) suggests previously poor sailing decisions, perhaps from to much rum.
This mural resides beside a theme park waterfall and a sculpted pirate ship, which is part of a mini golf course. While painting a pirate island mural fully brought out my inner child (who had a blast), I took advantage of this subject and my lack of knowledge to research pirate history: what was pirate life really like, and why choose it? I was amazed to find it could be an attractive alternative to the inhumane quality of life that sailors in the British empire faced at the time.
I am available for freelance. Can't wait for the next exciting project! Could be yours?