Supporting our vibrant, local creative community since day one.


The art on our walls changes monthly and is curated to highlight the diversity of Victoria’s art scene. Here is a look at some the artists that have brought life to our cafe.

Bean Victoria Art Program


Portraits by Mary Ploegsma


Mary Ploegsma began painting in oils in 1985. She studied with the late Dick Turner, completing her first commission in 1996 and has not looked back since.

Mary studied with numerous renowned artists including Scott Burdick, Carolyn Anderson and Hongnian Zhang.  Her portraits are in private collections in The Netherlands, The U.K., Belgium and Canada as well as Texas, Utah, Oklahoma and New York. 

Born in England, Mary has been a resident of Texas for forty years. She is married with two sons.

Mary divides her time between studios in The Woodlands, Texas and Victoria, Vancouver Island. 


Nathan Nazo Davis


Creating art is very therapeutic for me, the process of emptying my heart and soul into each piece I create helps me clear my head and sort myself out. Ever since I was a child I’ve used art as a way to deal with the bad times and enhance the good times, using colour and canvas as my form of expression.

For over three decades I’ve been heavily influenced by graffiti, loving the bright colours and individual expression that go with this style of art. Letter bending and playing with colour has given me the foundation for how I approach my work in other mediums such as pencil crayon, acrylics and custom model trains.

Life is short and during my time here I hope to keep creating pieces that not only make me feel good and represent me as an artist but make those around me smile.



Mitchell Villa


Mitchell Villa is a primarily self taught artist. Drawn to the endless possibilities and mark-making applications of the painting medium, he began experimenting with acrylics early on and transitioned into oil in 2018. Villa has established himself as a painter in Western Canada, eventually settling down his practice in Victoria, BC, where he finds the quieter pace of the city better suited to the containment and focus a studio practice requires.

Villa studied Visual Arts and received a diploma in Digital Design at Vancouver Film School. He was a regional semi-finalist in the Bombay Artisan Series and has been showcased at Fortune Art Gallery, Sooke Fine Arts, Polychrome Fine Art, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.


Kristofer Parley


Kristofer has been creating art for more than 30 years. Raised in the Fraser Valley, he moved to Vancouver Island in 2013. He now resides in the heart of Victoria’s Chinatown with his husband, Nathan Davis. It took no time for Kristofer to fall in love with his new city and his colourful community; both of which serve as inspiration for his clean, crisp and vibrant watercolours and his detailed pen & ink pieces.

His art resides in private and corporate collections in Russia, the UK and across North and South America.