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Joy in Sunflowers

Sarah Keller
Year: 2022
  • Mural
  • Paint
  • Plywood
Status: In Place


This mural was painted for the 2022 Mural Walk on plywood. It is intended to inspire joy as viewers see a whale leaping into a field of sunflowers against a blue sky backdrop.

Artist Statement

The next most joyful thing to whales jumping is sunflowers. When trying to decide how to convey this picture, this is the sentence that described it. This picture is a cumulation of my time spent in Tofino working with a whale watching company, combined with a vision of joy. I decided I had to paint this image to get it out of my head, and I’m so glad that I did. Every time I look at this painting I am filled with joy, and I hope you are, too.”

Sarah Keller was born in Kelowna, BC. Her love of the outdoors grew tremendously growing up in the oasis of her parent’s garden and in spending many family trips camping in BC Parks. She eventually moved to Vancouver to study Kinesiology, unaware that moving to the green Coastal Temperate Rainforest would quickly change her career plans, and instead inspire her to study algae, fungus and marine and forest ecology.

Sarah is fascinated by plants and wild things, and especially how humans interact and care for them. This passion led her to become a teacher. She currently teaches 7-9 year olds in order to help them foster the same curiosity that she has for being human, enjoying plants and finding out what may be hiding under rocks.

Sarah was featured in Vancouver is Awesome and the Squamish Chief (2021) for her ‘Sh*tty Plants of the Pacific Northwest’ poster. She enjoys using watercolour and acrylic media to convey the beauty she sees around her every day.


38006, Cleveland Avenue, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0A1, Canada.

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