Rolf Bouman and Charles Chisholm met for the first time in 1994 when Rolf purchased some of Charlie’s paintings. Since Rolf was always photographing and Charlie was always painting landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and people they started collaborating. Charlie asked Rolf to photograph certain subjects in great detail which Charlie then would paint. Both collaborated together on approx. 250 paintings over the next 20 years, some of which can be seen here. They jointly produced a Louisbourg series, a barn series, a wildlife series and eventually a First Nation series in order to honor North Americas´ First Nations and to build more bridges of friendships between First Nations and the rest of the world.
Rolf Bouman was born in 1966 in Germany and completed in Germany two trades as a licensed farmer and a licensed auto mechanic. In the late 80’s he immigrated to Canada and started working as a labourer, welder, pulp cutter, tree planter and interpreter for Real Estates brokers, Immigration Canada and various law firms. In the subsequent years he founded the first of his companies called Canadian Pioneer Estates Ltd. and became self-employed as a Real Estate waterfront developer with a focus on the Canadian East Coast, especially Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island. In the following years Mr. Bouman also took over an additional consulting company and incorporated a publishing company called (Ad)venture Canada Publishing Inc. which is focusing on business ventures and Canadian art, history and culture. Rolf Bouman is the founder of the “Friends United” initiative. A passionate advocate and supporter of First Nation´s culture and art, Rolf funds all his Friends United activities through his Canadian corporate group, without any government assistance and political involvement. With over 30 years of international business experience, Rolf´s goal is to help First Nation artists become self-sufficient entrepreneurs who are embraced as cultural ambassadors for their communities and country.