|Description:||Although he was practically self-taught, he attended the Ontario College of Art Summer School at Port Hope under the tutelage of J.W. Beatty, with whom he made many trips to the Algonquin area. He loved the great open spaces, and the urge to develop and improve his art was always with him. He liked best to climb to the highest points to obtain his sketcheds and thus to admire the vastness of the country. Kulmala spent many of his summers painting at his summer home in Muskoka, and a few years before his death he planned to build a retreat for city artists.|
At the age of seventeen, his painting "Sturgeon Lake", was selected amongst the elite of Canadian artists, to be shown at Wembly, England, at the Show of Canadian Art 1923, together with The Members of The Group of Seven. His paintings were also exhibited at the World's Fair in New York City. Kulmala's paintings were also shown annually at the Canadian National Exhibition from 1925 onwards, together with the very best, and the best-known of Canadian, American and European artists.