Chemainus Road Circa 1945: Mural


Chemainus Road Circa 1945: Mural

I have painted a lot of stories and subjects in murals before, but I believe this was the first origin of a love story. Depicting Chemainus Road looking south in 1945, the mural is actually at the same location painted in the scene, providing the viewer with a step back in time. This is the 45th of the Historical Mural Series for the Chemainus Festival of Mural Society's Outdoor Art Gallery.

The artwork reveals the first moment that Russ Roe, shown as a smitten paperboy, noticed Aileen Heikkila, the girl riding her bike. Aileen is depicted wearing a blue dress while riding her bike home, however the wind has sent several envelopes that were in her basket flying into the air. Having seen everything from across the street, Russ came forward and helped Aileen collect her mail. Later in life Russ and Aileen were married, and raised their family in Chemainus.

This mural is 12 feet wide by 8 feet high and was painted in acrylic on Crezon panels.

Project Type

Narrative Murals

Street Address

9750 Chemainus Road Chemainus, BC



Sienna, yellow ochre, earth tones


Crezon Panels




Acrylic Painting, Aerial Perspective, Linear Perspective


Chemainus Road Circa 1945: Completed Mural

Chemainus Road Circa 1945: Mural in Progress

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