May Art Show in Kitsilano

Poster for May Art Show at Aphrodite's Cafe in Vancouver with artist Taylore Daniel.

About the Vancouver Sea to Sky Art Collection

Welcome friends!

I’m excited to tell you about my upcoming art show this May in Kitsilano, as I have a deep connection to the theme, which is Vancouver seascapes.

When I look out at Vancouver’s English Bay, I feel a sense of natural wonder and the view makes me feel there’s some kind of grand design or divine order to things.

With the salt air and the sound of seagulls and waves, the experience can verge on the transcendent. It’s these feelings I’ve tried to express in this collection of paintings celebrating what I love best about my home city, which at the heart of it, is the sea to sky view of English Bay.

About me as an artist

The view of English Bay is the motif I’ve been compelled by since I first stepped foot on English Bay Beach when I moved to Vancouver from Edmonton as a teenager. The view of the ocean is infinitely compelling, and even when the cityscape of Vancouver changes, the seascape around English Bay remains the same.

While living in Kitsilano, I cycled daily along Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks up to UBC, where I earned my Fine Arts degree. The past few years, I worked in Vancouver as a local tourguide, which I just loved because I spent every day going to fabulous local haunts and sharing great stories about Vancouver. In fact, if you scroll down to my other posts, you’ll find many of these stories and some great photos of Vancouver as well.

With no tourists the past while, I’ve had a chance to slow down and return to my first love – oil painting. Ah, how I’ve missed the smell of linseed oil in the morning. And now with the weather turning nicer, I can take my paints and brushes down to the beach and paint en plein air – my favorite way to paint.

Anyway, I’m really grateful you’ve dropped by my website to meet me. Let me know if you have any questions or anything, as I’d love to hear from you and connect.

My “Vancouver Sea to Sky” art show will be at Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe in Kitsilano all of May. If you’d like to meet up there, let me know, and I’ll come down to say hello (my email address is in the poster at the top of this post.)

Cheers, Taylore

Vancouver – Not The Little Mermaid


She may look like a little mermaid, but she’s over 350 pounds of solid bronze.

And she’s not “The Little Mermaid.”

Not exactly.

A Vancouver sculptor wanted to replicate Denmark’s iconic statue, but was given an emphatic “no” to that request.

So what did our inventive sculptor do? He took what was basically his version of Denmark’s Little Mermaid, put some flippers on its feet, a pair of goggles atop its head, and named it “Girl in a Wetsuit.” Disingenuous!

If you come across it as you’re walking, jogging, or cycling around the Stanley Park Seawall (or driving for that matter), you’ll notice the “Girl in a Wetsuit” can also be a tide marker.

At high tide, the water rises to the bottom of her flipper. At low tide, the entire rock upon which she sits is exposed.

You can find her between Brockton Point and the Kid’s Waterpark on the North side of Stanley Park. Go for a visit and let me know if you think the sculptor copied Denmark’s Little Mermaid? Or was it really, as he claims, simply an homage to Vancouver’s watery environment.

Vancouver – The Crows

These strutting generals of the avian world are plentiful in Vancouver’s residential neighborhoods. And when dusk comes, you might see one of the  eeriest sights ever, as thousands upon thousands of these jet black birds fly towards their nightly rookery around Still Creek.

Vancouverites tend to have a love or hate relationship with crows. Not “love and hate”, but “love or hate”.

On the dark side, crows like eating songbird eggs for breakfast, which means fewer birdsong-filled mornings, and more squawking wake-up calls.

On the crow-lovers side of things, some locals have made entire documentaries lauding the intelligence of these birds that make and use tools and have facial recognition as a skill.

This however leads back to the dark side of crows—that being if they feel one of their brethren are threatened, for instance, by a passerby inadvertently strolling under a tree where a crow’s nest is housing some crow chicks, they’ll divebomb the person.

What exactly does this mean?

It means they fly at full-speed from behind and crash into your head, or perhaps a hairs-width from your scalp. And, remembering your face permanently, they and their family will forever see you as an enemy who deserves a good scare or an outright collision every time you pass by.

Many locals know someone who’s been on the wrong side of a crow. One local, a lifelong tennis player, found himself dealing with an onslaught of crows on his deck. So he got out his tennis racket and… well, he no longer has a crow problem. Game, set and match.

Another local, on the meeker end of the scale, has taken to carrying crackers in her pocket, hoping to appease the neighborhood crows. This, in addition to carrying an umbrella rain or shine.


Because she was divebombed and hit with such a powerful and unexpected thump, her neck went out. Not hard to see how this group of birds came to be known as a ‘murder of crows.’

You know anyone who’s had a run-in?