But once he started painting he just kept going and over the summer he has produced seven large paintings that capture the spirit of this remote and beautiful coast that will be threatened if oil tankers are allowed to travel through it. Here are three of the paintings. The one at the top will be part of the group show.
Here are a few scenes from last night's opening. The paintings looked beautiful on the old brick walls of the Habit Coffee Shop in Victoria's Chinatown.
That's Ben on the right talking to his high school art teacher.
I'm so proud that Ben has taken this giant step forward with his painting. I see big things ahead for him.