Fred Buchwitz

Into the Mountains with Fred Buchwitz

Buchwitz came to Canada in 1949 from Europe at the age of 4. He and his family settled in the town of Chilliwack near Fraser Valley in British Columbia. When Fred was 13, his teachers and peers started to recognize his exceptional artistic talent. With support and a love for art, Fred began to experiment with different paintings and mediums. He spent a lot of time painting murals around his school with his friends. In grade 11, Fred’s father supported his son’s artistic talents by providing Fred with tuition for an art course from Minneapolis that he took through correspondence. By the 12th grade, Fred decided to pursue a career in art. After high school, Buchwitz moved to Vancouver and started a job at Woodward’s as a window display man. He worked there for 8 years, and in that time he met, married, and started a family. In 1974 Fred was given the chance to display his original paintings Thursday to Sundays in Guildford Town Centre. Fred was able to sell more work out of his studio afterwards as a result of the exposure. After a year of displaying his work in Guildford Town Centre, he traveled with a group called “Great Western Artists.” They traveled through western Canada, and it is there that Fred discovered the beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains that have been featured in some of his work ever since. Today he works from his studio in North Delta. When he is away from his painting easel, he enjoys taking in the beauty of Greater Vancouver and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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