Mineral and Nature Artist
Fred is a
self taught artist who has made commercial
and fine arts his chosen career since 1959. He became a mineral
artist in 1998. His
watercolor paintings fall into
one of two basic categories...specimen or species. A
species painting may require more than one specimen
to complete the work. He prefers to work from actual
specimens, but when necessary he can use photos.
Limited edition prints are made from the
original watercolors. Many of his originals are commissions
from collectors or museums.
Fred has completed a
series of over 130 illustrations for reproduction in a book titled
"The Pegmatite Mines Known
as Palermo", written by Robert W. Whitmore of New Hampshire.
His work has also been included in articles in the
magazine as well as Rocks & Minerals and Rocks & Gems magazines.
Fred was honored to be picked as the "Featured Artist" in the 2004
Mineral and Fossil Show in Munich, Germany. His originals and
limited editions prints are in many collections throughout the United
States and Abroad. Currently selections of his paintings are in
the collection of the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad,
Fred's passion for art is
matched by his obsession for minerals. Avid field collectors, he and his fiancée, Helen Rodak, have a very impressive
collection. The challenge of illustrating minerals is fueled by
the vast amount of subjects available. Fred's answer to this
challenge is "The joy of completing a painting is dwarfed by the
anticipation of doing another".
His paintings and limited edition prints are displayed at various
Mineral Shows including the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club Show, the East Coast
Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show held in West Springfield, Mass, New
England Mineral Conference held in Maine and
various other New England Shows.
Fred was the Featured
Exhibitor at the EAST COAST 2012