Annette Roach is making Chilliwack a bit more festive one window at a time.
The local artist has been going from business to business armed with paint brushes for the past few weeks adding winter wonderland scenes and warm welcomes to windows as folks gear up for Christmas.
She’s been at it for approximately 30 years and her business, Art Will Travel, is particularly busy at this time of year. She recently painted Christmassy scenes in the windows at City Hall, plus various insurance companies, banks and stores.
She decorates windows with paintings of Christmas trees, baubles, Santas and ice skaters. Many of her pieces feature a swirl of white snowflakes.
“We’re actually known for the snowflakes we do,” she said, going on to say it’s like adding “magic” to the piece at the end.
“Our snowflakes — as far as I know — we’re the only people that do it because I’m the only person that figured out how to cut out sponge,” Roach said.
But it’s not just windows. Roach and her team also paint murals and signage (such as for store sales) and they design logos.
She’s made artwork on “pretty much anything you can paint on” including furniture, fences, concrete, kitchen cabinets and even luggage.
“We paint on suitcases so people can find them really easily. We personalize them, put their monogram on and also paint whatever they want on it,” Roach said.
You can check out her work on her website artwilltravel.ca, or in the windows of various businesses including The Progress’ new office on Alexander Avenue.