The Thousand Islands Region of Ontario was the perfect backdrop for a childhood filled with adventure for Richard De Wolfe, an artist who still identifies strongly with rural life. The forests, the fields, and of course the mightly St. Lawrence River, made the wonders of nature come alive for him.
Richard is a self-taught professional freelance artist working in both illustration and fine art. The art of Richard De Wolfe has been popular ever since his first one man show at the age of eighteen. That show was a sell out, supplying him with commissions for many months after. He went on to spend 25 years as an illustrator, producing paintings for national and international corporations such as General Motors, Pepsi Cola, Sears, Labatt’s and Sony.
“I believe that working as an illustrator was the best training I could possibly have had. The wide variety of subjects and tight deadlines forced me to hone my skills and become very proficient as a painter. I feel that many of the finest painters alive today are former illustrators.” Richard says.
Richard has participated in many art shows such as Wildlife Habitat Canada Stamp Competition, the Wye Marsh Festival, and Canadian Artists and Photographers in Communication Annual Exhibition as well as being listed in Who’s Who in Ontario. His original paintings hang in private and corporate collections in Europe, the U.S., and across Canada. Together with his wife Mary, Richard lives on a horse farm in central Ontario where he can study and paint horses, and rural life as well as the wildlife which is all around him.