Doug Cariou helps Hope prepare for the season.

Doug Cariou helps Hope prepare for the season.

Window art a sign of the season

B.C. artist paints windows across the province

  • Nov. 19, 2017 11:00 a.m.

There is, perhaps, no better sign that Christmas is coming than when retail outlets begin to decorate for the season.

That was the case on last Friday (Nov. 17) when Doug Cariou of the Cyrus Art Company stopped at Hope’s Save-On-Foods to paint a wintry mural on the large plate glass window at the front of the store.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and we decorate windows from Hope to Vancouver, and all over really,” said Cariou.

“This is a really busy time of year for us, of course. I love doing seasonal drawings, though. It’s uplifting, really.”

And, in case you’re wondering if there is enough business to keep Cariou busy throughout the year, have no fear. Cyrus Art Company travels even further afield, having done large scale mural projects as far away as Mexico.

Cariou is also a renowned commercial artist, musician, poet and author.

He lives in Mission, B.C. and has spent much of his time exploring and researching the wonders of his home province, and his 2014 book, Once Upon an Island (Westbow Press) makes for an entertaining read.