Born in 1969, Carl Stromquist is of Thompson descent and is currently (1996) living in Hope, British Columbia. He's been strongly influenced by several Northwest Coast Native traditions and cultures. Carl is deliberate in his desire to paint with excellence. He's focused in his quest to earn visions that will generate artwork which honours his gift of life and the richness, depth and teachings of Canada's First Nations. Being self-taught, Carl has spent time studying the works of renowned Native artisans as well as the timeless truths embodied in the elder's stories and legends. From this journey of truth has come his intent to portray the balance and harmony that exists in the circle of life. Carl's art is influenced by his profound love and respect for nature. As Carl states; "If we give back to the circle, the circle will remain strong".