Downtown Vancouver meets Mother Nectar!

Sooo, this happened last fall! I was approached by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) in association with the businesses of Hastings West to do a 8x54ft mural for Downtown Vancouver!

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My rough design for Mother Nectar.

It took me 2 months to do(I work during the day, so I could only paint the mural in the eves and weekends), and since I was working on this during the most darkest, coldest and wettest of Vancouver days, I brought the mural to my studio space at the William Clark Studios. Thankfully, that meant I could work till the wee hours of the morning as well as be dry and warm.

Warm and dry inside my art space at the William Clark Studios!

I worked on it 3 panels at a time (because of space restrictions of course), so there was a lot of puzzling going on and did everything with hand and brush (no spray paint since I was doing it indoors). I had a few helpers with me from time to time, but this was such a huge project for me and it was such a great learning experience! I loved every minute of it! It was therapeutic at times, but also challenging. When doing something new and this big, there will always be a few bumps along the way. I took time lapse of the process and made 7 videos of the whole thing! On instalment day, it was the FIRST TIME I got to see the mural all together in one piece!!

Out in the freezing cold doing the final touches…
Smiling at cars and buses honking and waving as they drive by… Seems like ppl were really grateful about the new addition!




I’ve been interviewed by quite a few ppl about it now as it’s been raising questions about why Vancouver doesn’t have as much public art as most other big cities and what is the difference between street art and graffiti. I’ve posted them here in case anyone wanted to have a read. They are very interesting and bring up a lot of good points. My wish is to see more public art like this around the city as it not only makes art more accessible to everyone, but makes the world a bit more colourful. 🙂

Here are a few Articles that I could find so far:

“Mother Nectar” 8x54ft Outdoor acrylic and marker on wood

2 thoughts on “Downtown Vancouver meets Mother Nectar!

  1. Hi Jenn!
    I go by Mother Nectar every day on my bus to work, and it always elicits this feeling that “something is right with the world”. Thank you for creating it =)

  2. Oh my!!! Thanks sooo much!!! Sorry this reply is getting to you late. I JUST saw that there was a “non-spam” comment to my post for a change! haha!! Again, thank you so much for the kind words!!! This is really why I do this, to make people smile!! Cheers!

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