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Dawson City, the summer of 61, saw Jim beginning to use pen, ink, watercolour and photography as his mediums of choice. In 1971 he started writing a column for the Whitehorse Star which primarily dealt with the life of historical buildings and 'Yukon characters'. The column was illustrated with his drawings and photographs and was titled 'The Colourful 5%'.
Over the years Jim has had 3 books published, and yes, 'they are read in all the better cabins'. They are comprised of short stories, photographs and drawings mostly about interesting and colourful Yukon personalities, the 'Colourful 5%'. In 1975, well known anthropologist Julie Cruickshank, with Jim's participation, put out a book on the Yukon's First Nation peoples.
Today Jim is busier than ever with a number of projects on the go. One is putting together a book on his artistic life. A compilation of stories, artwork and photographs. A second project is a collaberation with another artist to create a cartoon story. Also in the works is a film about a certain aspect and little known part of the Klondike Gold Rush. Amidst all this Jim continues working in pen, ink and watercolour, producing prints and tapestries of historic Canada.
In recognition of Jim Robb's magnificant contribution of gathering and preserving Yukon history he was awarded Canada's highest honor "The Order of Canada" in 2003.