Bio: Leya Tess is an interdisciplinary artist who swims out between the islands of Art/Science and East/West. She comes from a hyphenated Hong Kong Chinese-Swedish-British background and uses mark-making and intervention to bring attention to ecological structures. A former Fernwood resident, she now spends most of her time on Sla-dai-aich (Denman Island).
About the mural: Leya’s mural includes some of the threatened and extirpated plant / pollinator / bird species of the Garry Oak savannah: western bluebird, yellow prairie violet, Howell’s triteleia, deltoid balsamroot, Taylor’s checkerspot and propertius duskywing. Plus, perennial favourites: camas & chocolate lilies.