jackie besteman

Artist member since 2018
Toronto, Ontario

I have been painting birds for 3 years ( having worked as an illustrator for most of my career) Birds inspire me immensely because of their wild beauty and keen intelligence. City people especially treasure these wonderful creatures as they are a vivid connection to nature which is often hard to find in the concrete jungle. Not wanting to be a traditional wildlife painter I enjoy perching the birds on familiar and iconic objects. I am happy to forfeit a realistic relationship between bird and object but the overall design has to be harmonious and the bird is always the focal point. I enjoy working out the colour of the background. The main objective is for the bird to pop.


Inside the Studio


Best season of the year in Toronto


Beverage of choice

Coffee and Kombucha

Favourite movie

In the Mood for Love.

Favourite artist(s) right now

Alex Katz

Describe your home in 3 words

Downtown, Victorian, Cozy

Your favourite spot in Toronto right now

The Four Seasons Centre

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Birds

Select Past Exhibitions

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


One of a Kind Show


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


Ontario College of Art
Diploma ( 4 year program)

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