These are not your typical paintings in watercolor. Often large scale, full of pigment, painted both wet into wet and layered gradually, they have a richness seldom found in this medium. For the viewer to be able to relate to his work on an instinctual and visceral level Fred says it must be treated as something with a life of its own. This, he believes, will result in paintings that are not merely competent, but stand out as unique and infused with character and feeling. This is why his work escapes the sea of humdrum landscape painting. Fred paints in a manner that is magical and yet very believable by focusing on moments that touch our retina for fleeting seconds but stay with us forever. Painting for Fred is much more than just technique but also a manner for him to gain greater understanding of himself as well as the world around him. A meditation. He believes firmly that landscape painting, as demonstrated by 2000+ years of Chinese painting, has a place in contemporary art. He is not interested in novelty through abrupt change. The philosophical beauty of Fred’s art lies in this: that each time the viewer gazes upon a painting there is always something new to discover, an insight from our own growing daily experiences. That is a timeless gift.
Fred attempts to paint daily and does something related to his artwork everyday. Beginning his day before sunrise to experience that magical hour, as he puts it, is vital for his work. “The warm glow of the sun as it appears from below the horizon and through the trees gets me going everytime!” He constantly seeks to improve his painting and his love for the work of other artists includes but is not limited to the works of Zhu Daoping, Claude Saucey, A.Wyeth and Andy Goldsworthy.