Carl Stromquist was born in 1969. He is of Thompson descent and is currently (1996) living in Hope, BC. He has been strongly influenced by several Northwest Coast Native traditions and cultures.
Carl is deliberate in his desire to paint with excellence. He has focused on his quest to earn visions that will generate artwork that 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."