In the summer of 2005, while fishing at Emma Lake off the shores of the University of Saskatchewan’s Kenderdine Campus, a number of the group’s members discovered a common artistic interest and made plans to paint together. The seeds were planted for the Men Who Paint (website or facebook page). The group eventually grew to include five painters, with diverse backgrounds: Paul Trottier - a university administrator, Ken Van Rees - a college professor, Cam Forrester - a golf course executive, Greg Hargarten - a rock musician and Roger Trottier - a semi-retired curriculum developer/ art educator, all united by a passion for painting landscapes. Inspired by the work and adventurous spirit of the early Canadian painters and a preference for painting outside, the “men” began tramping through the bush of northern Saskatchewan with their canvases, often painting from sunrise to sunset. The artistic experience of the group is varied, from the lifetime practitioner to the third year enthusiast. Some are professionally schooled in the arts while others build on their natural interest and affinity for expressing the environment. Their combined artistic experience offers diversity and challenging inspiration, and their collective dynamic thrives on each individual’s passion for finding expression through interpretation of their Saskatchewan home. The “Men who Paint” are quest bound and hope to inspire, in their viewers, something of interest and worthy of place. They are eager to engage the viewer in positive images of life and strive to convey their experience in exciting ways. “We just love to paint and hope that others are intrigued by viewing our images.” It's a wonderful privilege to be a part of this group!