Sweet pea (Leo Neilson) is an Ojibway from Peguis, Manitoba. His mother was from “The Golden Gate of St. Peters” reserve and it was she who gave him the name nickname when he was a little boy. The name stuck, even when they later moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Leo was strongly influenced by the artistry of Benjiman Chee Chee. It was through the efforts of Garry Meeches, another Ojibway artist, that Sweet pea began painting and creating his own free and open style, accomplished by the use of acrylic paint, a sponge and a brush.