Interview with Muralist Elizabeth Hollick

Interviewer Ed Farolan

White Rock Muralist Elizabeth Hollick unveiled her biggest mural to date at the White Rock Players' Club's Coast Capital Playhouse last Tuesday August 26th. This mural was inspired by White Rock Players’ Club’s yearly pantomime characters and is titled “The Wonderful Year We Fell in Love,” which is a song performed in the panto each December.

I had coffee with her two days after the unveiling, and we talked for almost an hour about her early work in London, commissioned by the Montessori School to paint a mural almost 50 years ago. She and her family came to Canada 40 years ago, and since then, she's been painting murals which can be seen all over White Rock and even in certain areas in Vancouver.

On August 28th, Surrey Now published a front page feature and on the same date, Peace Arch News Entertainment reporter Alex Browne wrote a report mentioning White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin and Players Club pantomime dame Bryce Mills cutting the ribbon.

Ms Hollick explained how she had to go to the gymn and get herself physically prepared to do this 50-by-30 foot mural, as she had to be climbing up and down for almost three months, from June 2nd till the third week of August painting this work of art. This just shows that not all seniors are out to pasture. There are still some like Ms Hollick working hard on their artistic creativity.

I wish her all the best, and from athe interview, I gathered she still had projects in progress.

© 2014 Ed Farolan