Victor Goertz was born and brought up in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, and now resides and keeps a painting studio in Vancouver. Early on he developed a love for the outdoors, and sketched from an early age. He received a diploma from the Fine Arts program at Okanagan College and moved to Vancouver to study at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, where he majored in painting, graduating in 1984. After studying and working in the graphic design field he returned to what is now Emily Carr University in 2006 - 2008 where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. A lifetime fascination with the wild places of British Columbia has taken him on extended trips to explore the land with pastels and sketchbook, traveling to the Clayoquot, Carmanah, Walbran, Stein Valley, and other unique landscapes and ancient forests. It is within this arena that Victor explores through colour, texture and composition, our relationships between the physical act of seeing and the interpretations we bring to it. Victor's work is represented in collections in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Germany.