Peter Stuhlmann

The Artist

Peter began to draw intensively from the age of four, the result of being sidelined by a broken leg. Interestingly, while this discovered passion for drawing endured, his dedication to painting would not appear for another forty years. It was made clear that painting would not provide reliable income, so Peter chose a career in the culinary arts. Being an artist, however, is not something that you simply choose to ignore while doing other work, and a sort of informal education, in the form of art books, was perpetually underway. These books became an invaluable instrument, Peter could learn composition, value structures, and colour from some of history’s greats—from Rembrandt to Odjig, from Milne to Hockney, and so on. In that time there were a few, partial water colours—never a complete painting, the first of which was done in 2007. The catalyst was the move Peter made from Ottawa to Chase in the Shuswap Highlands of British Columbia. Whether it was the scenery, or his new relationship to Diane (later to become his wife), it didn’t take long for painting to take hold. Since 2007, Peter has broadened his explorations in paint to becoming a full-time artist, joining the Federation of Canadian Artist, and taking part in shows. The themes of his paintings have changed as well, from stylized landscapes to exploring narratives that play along surrealist lines. Peter continues to live and paint in Chase, with his lovely wife Diane and their two exceedingly neurotic dogs, Dozer and Lucy-Mae. To this day he has not had formal education or training in art.

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