Bruce Steinhoff


Bruce began showing an aptitude for art when he was seven, drawing portraits of his friends.  When he was in grade 3, his teacher asked them to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up.  He fondly recalls drawing himself holding a pallet filled with a multitude of different colour paints and a paint brush in hand.   Along with art, Bruce excelled at athletic endeavours, such as tennis, gymnastics and running.  Bruce also stood out in the classroom - skipping grade 4 and finishing at the top of his classes throughout his school years.  His passion for art always remained and was fueled further following his first camping trip with his dad to northern Ontario.  He fell in love with the north; along with its beautiful landscape and thus it became his dominant subject matter.  Despite multiple obstacles, criticism and resistance - Bruce persevered; never once giving up on his craft.  In 1976, at the age of 19 - Bruce made landscape art his primary focus and began painting seriously.  Although mainly self-taught, he also studied under Carl Schaefer at the Schneider School of fine Arts, Actinolite.  Today he is a recognized professional, whose brilliant colours and vivid northern Ontario landscapes are hanging in some of the most prestigious galleries in Canada; as well as photographed in the magazines, Chatelaine and Canadian Country Home. 



In 2018, at the age of 60, Bruce was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and took up permanent residence in Port Dover to be close to his family.  His incredible work is his legacy and as a means of giving back to the beautiful world he felt so privileged to travel, he now donates a portion of all sales to the Alzheimer Society to aid in the fight against this global health crisis.