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Fred Buchwitz

Fred came to Canada in 1949 from Europe at the young age of four. His family settled in the town of Chilliwack nestled in the pristine Fraser Valley in Southern British Columbia. Teachers and peers recognized Fred’s remarkable artistic talent when he was thirteen years of age. With their encouragement behind him and his own innate love for art, Fred began to experiment with various paintings and mediums. He spent a great deal of time painting murals around his school with a friend. One of his most memorable murals illustrated the history of western art. In grade eleven, Fred’s father supported his son’s artistic endeavors by providing Fred with the tuition for an art course from Minneapolis, Minnesota that he took by correspondence. This course helped sharpen and refine Fred’s understanding of perspective and his use of composition. In grade twelve, Fred decided to pursue a career in art. After high school, Fred moved to Vancouver and started a job as a window displayman for Woodwards. He worked there for eight years, during which he also married and started a family. His favorite moments at Woodwards were the times he decorated the large storefront windows in downtown Vancouver for Christmas and Easter. Fred worked part-time hours at Woodwards one year while he took courses in graphic design at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. However, he was unable to complete the program because his wife gave birth to their first child. In 1974, Fred was given the opportunity to display his original paintings Thursday to Saturdays in Guildford Town Centre. He brought his easel and stool with him to “entertain” the shoppers with his skill. Rent for the mall space was free at the time which was the big break Fred needed to leave his job at Woodwards and start selling his originals full-time. Fred was able to sell more of his work from his studio as a result of this exposure. After a year of displaying at Guildford, Fred traveled with a group of painters known as “Great Western Artists.” They traveled throughout western Canada and it was on these trips that Fred discovered the beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains. The Rockies have become a major theme in his work ever since. Fred also started releasing limited edition prints and art cards of his work. With a wide selection of limited edition prints, canvas transfers, and Giclees for art buyers to choose from, Fred’s work is now sold in galleries throughout Canada and has made its way into art collections worldwide. He has developed his own unique style for his landscapes and seascapes. His attention to detail and use of rich colour have made him a favourite of limited edition collectors. Today he works from his studio in North Delta. Fred publishes and distributes his work through his own company, Buchwitz Art Studio Inc. When away from the painting easel, Fred enjoys taking in the natural beauty of Greater Vancouver and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Fred’s two sons, Jeff and Jason and his daughter, Melody, have inherited his artistic abilities and are all involved in the visual arts. Fred’s wife, Margaret, takes care of the administrative aspect of the business and has been one of the best art critics Fred could ever ask for.

   

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