Humble, soft spoken, generous, trustworthy are a few qualities that come to mind when i think of Benton. He has been our go to man for all our computer technology needs and troubleshooting. I am not sure when we met but sometime over the 22 years of my self-employment. Benton recently gave my grandson some of his handy work, a refurbished computer, and i painted this portrait of him to show my gratitude.

Self Portrait

I have sketched many self portraits but this is the first painting of me. It is a partner to the one of my friend Nikki that i painted earlier this year. Artists often paint themselves as they are always ready models. Often you can find the artist blending in the background of many old master paintings. I hope to do more… maybe a birthday painting a year.

Bird Watching

This painting was accepted for the Northern Ontario Art Association Juried Exhibition 2022 and received an honourable mention. I am beginning to get the Alla Prima style. I had been painting with my friend Linda every week for about 7 months and i would credit that support and encouragement for this achievement. This was painted in the midst of winter Jan 2022 when the kittens were about 8 months old. They kill anything that moves, moles, voles, mice, frogs, snakes, small rabbits and unfortunately a few birds.


This painting of Nikki was painted for the Ridvan 2022 edition of e*lix*ir online magazine Sandra Lynn Hutchison, Editor, describes our joint project: This issue of elixir is devoted to reflection on our “Green Island” and on the virtue of trustworthiness — its presence and its absence in our world. In the art section, we feature paintings by Pam Jackson and Nikki Manitowabi, both long-time residents of Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario, a place that is, quite literally, a green island for much of the year. Carried forward on the wings of prayer, their joint art project gives us a glimpse of life on an island that has, in recent times, become home to a community of white settlers, but which has long been home to a confederacy of Anishinaabe tribes — the Odawa, the Ojibway, and the Pottawatomi — and remains the site of the only unceded indigenous land in Ontario.