Visual Art



Public Art for Takaya




Memorial Mural for Takaya

on the Foghorn Building of the Discovery Island lighthouse














This tribute mural for Takaya was painted on the wall of the old foghorn building at the Discovery Island Lighthouse…Takaya now lays forever on a favourite bluff, overlooking the entrance to the Salish Sea at the junction of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Haro Strait. He is a Sentinel … a reminder to cherish the wild and the unusual. To protect and value our large carnivores and our oceans and land that sustains us.


Paul Archer & crew (Renee and Josh) created this ‘Banksy-style’ mural with passion … and a determination to keep Takaya’s legacy alive.


In his words:

“This was a thought I had after the smaller versions of Takaya.
It came to me several times including many signs.But I just didn’t know where to do the large memorial.
Then, I watched the short documentary on Youtube by Cheryl Alexander. Wow! animal changed the entire ecosystem to the whole island! Cheryl studied him for 7 years! New birds came to the island and seedling for new plant life. He thought everything through and was a one of a kind! And he was right here in our backyard! I had to go see Discovery Island.
Scoping out the foghorn building and it was perfect…I saw him (Takaya) on the wall! I saw the shape of the rock…the fog on a foghorn building, the mist the overcast and the continuation of ocean wrapped around to a small Luna in the distance and the seals at the far end!
You could’nt of kept me away from tackling this project!
My crew Renee and Josh, were such troopers carrying compressors and generators up cliffs and rock crevices.
The whole time, with no phone service, just us,…the birds and seals, Lannah and most importantly “Takaya’s” spirit!
Our music of deep wood flutes and Celtic jungle chanting echoing across the ocean behind us! I put the bluetooth speaker inside that tin chimney on the roof and it made for the perfect place of peace! We sat and meditated and did coreographed yoga on top of the building! A truly magical trip!
I didnt even think of signing it for several reason’s, but one in particular ..Remembering Takaya”





Outdoor Wall Painting



Paul Archer, a local Victoria artist, created a large outdoor wall mural to honour Takaya. He posted an image of it on Facebook where he said, “Today I am honoring Takaya ,the lone wolf of Discovery Island. He used to swim across to Victoria for short visits. Recently spotted and tranquilized in James Bay, they relocated him up near Shawnigan Lake, only to be shot and killed by a hunter..last month. He was probably the biggest isolationist in the world. Thanks Wesley Dunlop for popping down and painting some sky in for me. I needed to address this issue as he was slowly getting forgotten from everything that’s going on right now. The mural is at the back of my shop across from the YMCA on Broughton at Quadra. @paularcherairbrushing 




Sculpture Commissioned to Honour Takaya




Here is the first sketch I did of Takaya the evening of the collective howl.

At first I was sketching a few angles of him but abandoned one angle to concentrate on the other.

Afterwards I thought to myself …hmmm, maybe he’s not alone now. (Kent Laforme)



Kent Laforme, a Victoria-based sculptor and illustrator has been commissioned by Don and Ruth James to create a stone sculpture as a tribute to Takaya. It will express his story and legacy. Kent is currently sourcing the appropriate local Vancouver Island stone, likely marble, and will begin work on it immediately. This is an incredibly exciting initiative and will result in Takaya’s story being preserved and accessible for future generations. An appropriate location for this sculpture will be identified over the coming months.





Billboards for Takaya







Artist Christine Belanger


Christine sent this in with this thought – “Let’s hope a billboard of Takaya will manifest in the future.”

Why not see if you can support a billboard in your area – wherever you may live!??




Art for the Earth


Celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day 2020 included an art initiative, Art for the Earth.  This is a global campaign that encourages artists to create something that will reach people personally and help to create a deep understanding and emotional connection to our earth, to what is happening to our planet. The aim is to inspire, to effect change and to act to protect the earth. As a way to celebrate Takaya’s legacy I invited people to take part…to create an artistic tribute of some kind for Takaya. Here are some of their creations.





Artist Carrie Cudworth, Grand Forks, BC






Artist Shawn Loewen, Victoria, BC

Instagram shawn.loewen





Artist Cate Baldwin, Gibsons, BC

Instagram: @catespaints





Artist Cailey Ward






Art from the Heart


Artists from a number of countries have been moved by Takaya and his story, and by his tragic end. These paintings and drawings all express a love and admiration for this remarkable wolf.


Artist Dahlila Isabelle Charlie, Victoria, BC

“Lone Wolf”






Artist Matt Hayward, Victoria BC






Artist Rosie Penning, California USA





Artist Shawn Loewen, Victoria BC

Airbrush on the back of his pickup truck …

Takaya looking to find New Wolf.






Artist Jo Guillas-Ellissalde, France





Artist Claire Gaulin-Brown

Instagram @clairegaulinbrown









Artist Nikkey Dawn, Sooke, BC





Artist Nikkey Dawn, Sooke, BC






Artist Zoe Zum, Victoria, BC






Artist Cathy Hammond, Sooke, BC






Artist Rachel Green, Fonthill, Ontario








Artist Shizico, London, UK






Artist Valerie Rolfe, Victoria, BC







Artist Diana Rodriquez






Artist Constance Schroeder, France






Artist Mark Sommer








Artist Mafawnwee Olivia Kenton, Vancouver Island, BC

Cranky Coyote Studios









Artist Brandy N. Moya
























Artist Lydia Mariller, France

Kamishibai Artist (Louna Vox –

These two paintings are part of a series that will become a Kamishibai story (in French with an English translation).





Artist Alena, Owl and Bear Studio







Artist Emily Margot Leslie, Milton Keynes, UK






Artist Barb Obonsawin

Spallumcheen, BC






Artist Katie, San Juan Island, U.S.A.
















Artist Beth Clifton, Whidbey Island, Washington, U.S.A.

Animals 24/7





Takaya’s First Howl




Artist Delphina Nova, Victoria, BC









Artist Shawn Loewen, Victoria, BC

Instagram shawn.loewen