The ManMade Art Story

I've been an artist all my life. As a kid I'd spend hours with my grandmother painting in oils or drawing in pencil. I loved to play hockey and other sports too but I also enjoyed spending hours on my own exploring the outdoors or doodling an eclectic mix of cartoons, architectural drawings or still life—anything that inspired me. Professionally I've worked as a cartographer drawing maps, as a graphic designer and professional photographer. Through it all I've always been inspired by geometric forms, composition and the imagination of industrial designers behind the objects and items of everyday life.

My art is a mix of all my interests and influences—sports, culture, aviation, geography, music, cottaging, heritage and quirky or little known inventions. I've always been a collector of wide range of things from all genres, and the simple, unpretentious nature of my pieces are often inspired by vintage items, photographs, maps, etc. I've accumulated or captured in photos over the years.  

What's in a name?

I regularly get asked, "Where did the name ManMade Art come from?" I've always been inspired and amazed by the products of human ingenuity and creativity. Our name is a nod to their collective imagination and products of their blood, sweat and tears. Many remarkable women have made huge
contributions to society, science and design. However, 'Manmade' is the word many use in conversation when they allude to things created by the human imagination. People quickly connect the purpose of our name and understand the 'art' connection when a smile crosses their face or they're taken back to a
fond memory.

Doug Jackson, Artist & President
ManMade Art Inc.