Green Girl


I'm always on the lookout for original, affordable children's wall decor that I can appreciate as much as my six-year-old does. This precludes this.

My latest discovery is Lori Joy Smith, a Vancouver artist from whom I recently ordered a custom piece. I ran over to her apartment building in the rain on my lunch break last week and we did the handover in the lobby. Green Girl then came with me to a Main Street coffee shop where I had tea and repeatedly peeked into the bag to admire her.

When I introduced her to my daughter, Saskia studied her for a while. "How come she's not smiling?" she finally asked.

"She's shy. She was nervous about having her portrait done," I offered.

Satisfied, she pointed to the yellow heart floating above Green Girl's head. "Hey! Her barrette fell out!"