Don’t be surprised if you see a big green monster peering out from the upper window of Readers Inc. the next time you pass by. Jenny While spent part of the weekend painting the creature at mom Deena’s bookstore, a service she’s done other business owners in The Village.
“This has always been my hobby,” said Jenny While, 21, who learned how to paint from her grandma. “I’ve never made money from it before, but I’m starting to think I can do it part time because it’s been a lot of fun.”
The lettering at Lisa’s Cottage and Gentlemen’s Resale Clothiers is Jenny While’s handiwork, but most recently she painted a mural on the façade of Bill Jayne’s All Things Bright and British.
The mural took more than two months to complete and wraps around the British-themed grocery and souvenir shop. It consists of two scenes—a British foot guard who, despite his stone-faced training, is distracted by a pair of marching pigeons, and two children looking into a window shop of the past.
She enjoys painting, but Jenny’s career goal is law enforcement. In fact, she already works part time as a call taker for the La Mesa Police Department while attending San Diego State University. Her family, however, is very supportive of her artistic side.
“I think my family likes it better than the law enforcement idea,” she said.