Peter Palvik grew up in the Minto Inlet area. His family moved into Holman in the mid-1960s when he was old enough to go to school. His father, Albert Palvik, was active in the Co-op and community work. In 1978, Peter began receiving instruction in lithography from print shop manager John Rose, and later he worked with visiting art advisor, David Umholtz. From 1980 to 2000 he printed 61 drawings by others. In 1989, he began printing his own drawings and has created 33 to date. He is now the lithography specialist at the Holman Art Shop, printing mainly his own drawings.
Palvik’s drawings include a multitude of details, revealing his stated admiration for both the stylistic and thematic concerns of Alec Banksland and Stanley Klengenberg. Lithography, with its immediate translation of the artist’s drawn line, allows Palvik to achieve precision in his own work. He particularly enjoys depicting animals in naturalistic settings.