Rod Frederick has grown
up with animals.... from a menagerie of pets that populated
his boyhood home, to a combination biology and fine arts
degree in college.
Born in Salem, Oregon,
Rod grew up in Portland. Artistic influences shaped his
boyhood - his mother had a degree in fine art, and his father,
a lawyer, spent weekends at the easel. The Frederick
household was always full of various animals, so it was
entirely natural for Rod to combine his interests in art and
animals into a career as a wildlife artist.
Willamette University, majoring in art and minoring in
biology. Standing six feet, four inches, Rod also found time
to play forward for the university's basketball team.
After completing his
schooling, Frederick accepted a variety of commissions that
led him to paint classic scenes of the Northwest. Barns,
covered bridges, mountains, fields and ponds became the focal
point of his art, but gradually he worked more and more
wildlife into his paintings.
Today his career is
wildlife art. And he still has a house full of pets. Only
Frederick now goes beyond the domesticated variety to seek out
wildlife in its natural environment: in the mountains, high
above the timberline; in the forest that cover the Northwest;
in streams and ponds where wildlife of all forms congregate.
about animals and his own dedication to realism dictate the
way he works: devouring every source of reading material about
a particular species; photographing and sketching; and
devoting large amounts of time to research in the field. He
finds his favorite environment in the mountains, above the
timberline, because "the open spaces are exciting. I have a
chance to 'get away' and perhaps get a glimpse of my favorite
animal, the mountain goat."
"People tell me they
like the natural colors and mood I create in my work," he
says. "They say it's very realistic, and that's what I'm
Rod lives in Oregon,
where he has an inspirational view of the Cascade Mountains
right outside his window. Using oils and gouache to paint his
wilderness scenes, his work is currently published by Mill
Pond Press. His art is featured in the book. The Best of
Wildlife Painting (North Light Books, 1997).
Rod is always ready to
travel in search of new subjects. Often, he says, I'll
look for a particular species, and what I'll see is something
totally unexpected. The unpredictability of seeing animals in
the wild is exciting it's what I call "planned
unpredictability." When you do see what you've planned to see