is my means of communicating my most
intimate impressions of nature, my
emotional reaction to life, my deep
feeling about my subject and the world
an artist, I try to interpret nature
because it is also my basic belief,
that nature is a true source of inner
peace. If my work is effective
in communicating that belief, then it
speaks for me and I would like to
think, that I have succeeded in this
professional artist since 1970, Conrad was born
in 1938 and is of German descent.
Although he sketched and painted from an early
age, family and economic pressure led him away
from art to pursue a more "respectable
family, painting was considered a hobby,
not a profession.
school in Germany, Conrad entered into a three
year apprenticeship to learn the art of
bookbinding and restoration of books.
During that time, he participated in two
nationwide bookbinding competitions. His
work won him silver and gold respectively at the
competitions. He undertook further studies
at the Graphic Academy in Munich, graduating in
1963 with a Master Bookbinder certificate.
In 1965 Conrad
immigrated to Canada, working for the first five
years with a publishing house in Toronto, and in
1970, with his work meeting broad acclaim in
Canada and abroad, he made the decision to
abandon his "respectable profession" in favour
His work is
meticulously detailed, yet always with a
spiritual undercurrent that draws the viewer in,
to become part of the scene — and part of the
artist's feeling. He works in either
watercolour, acrylic or egg-tempera, and
although most of his work is done in his studio,
he takes weekly breaks hiking in search of new
subjects and new inspirations.
I need to
get into things, the smell and feel of the
shaded dampness where leaves have fallen,
the sound of the wind or the quiet.
When I'm back in my studio I try to put
that feeling — or put myself — into the
painting. I try to become what I am
painting. The subject matter or the
location of a particular painting could
have been recorded a year ago or a week
ago. That's not important, what's
important is that I spend one day a week
in the outdoors recharging myself. The
"discharging" comes over the next six days
in my studio.
Conrad draws primarily on the rural countryside
of southern Ontario.
four seasons are equally beautiful.
I get excited by the changing moods of
each season, by the separation of sun and
shadow, by the shapes of discarded farm
implements, by an animal stealthily
observed from a distance, or the feeling
of peaceful loneliness that bare trees
impress on me.
favourite season is probably winter.
I love the snow, the intense contrasts of
the time, stormy skies, strong shadows,
the contrast of earth and snow, and
moodier feelings created by fog or mist.
Conrad's work is exhibited extensively at home
and collected around the world.
He settled down and lived with
his wife Deedee in Brampton, Ontario and in 1976
his Son Paul was born.
19 Months later his wife
perished in a car accident. Ever since,
Conrad has dedicated his time to his work as an
artist, to raising his son on his own, to
finding his place and leaving his mark in
today's society, through his creative work, his
compassion and his humanity. His son Paul has
graduated from University and is today a
practicing physiotherapist with his own
Physiotherapy clinic in Barrie, Ontario.
He, with his wife Sara are raising already 2
sons, (Aidan and Callum) of their own. Due to his age and
health, Conrad sold his Brampton townhouse in 2017
and moved into a condo apartment in Barrie,
Ontario to be
nearer to his son and family.
all of his career and success, Conrad remained
an unassuming, modest, and down to earth person.
He enjoys most a hike in the country, the
solitude of his work, or a quiet dinner in the
company of family and/or some close
friends. He is a religious man, a member
of the Knights of Columbus, lives by himself and
I live at peace with myself and with the world
around me, and I strive to keep it that way.
Buckhorn Wildlife Art Festival, Buckhorn,
and represented mainly by Gallery on
the Lake in Buckhorn, Ontario.
to the mid-1980s
at the Eatons' Art Gallery in
Toronto, Lourie Art Gallery in
Toronto, and Juliane Gallery in
Scarborough, Ontario. These
galleries closed down in the 1980s.