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Rod Frederick - BEELINE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Rod Frederick

Original Retail Price $195.00
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Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 29 1/2"w x 22 1/4"h.
Published: June 1994

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"One of the most striking memories I have of Africa is an image of elephants. While I was there, I got very close to some huge elephants, literally to where they filled my vision. It got to the point that elephants became something of a backdrop in my memories. I find the beauty of an elephant to be in its size and personality, not its color, so this images worked very well in pencil.

"I also saw a lot of different species of bee eaters that left quite an impression on me, especially in comparison to the larger animals. Bee eaters are medium-sized, slim birds of brilliant plumage and are very graceful fliers. I thought it would be terrific fun to put there totally different African animals together. The gracefulness of these white-throated bee eaters is juxtaposed with the massive size of the elephant . . . light, delicate birds against a sea of wrinkles."

Rod Frederick
The serene outdoors seem at odds with the wild and crazy character of this artist, who is as famous for his paintings as he is for his sense of humor and gaudy shirts! If seen on his constant excursions into the wilds, many a collector would tell of an eccentric pirate come to life, only this swashbuckling, seemingly fearless explorer was more anxious to gain and share the treasure of knowledge rather than riches. "I grew up in a house full of pets," he says. "My mom had a degree in fine arts and although my dad was a lawyer, he was a weekend painter." So his love of animals and art was sown early (also inspired when he received a gift of Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds) and he attended Willamette University with a major in art and a minor in biology. "So I could know my subjects outside and in," he says. He put that education to good use as he embarked on a fine art career that would allow him to do what he enjoyed most; explore and learn. Frederick built his house in the middle of the Oregon wilderness and filled it with birds and animals. He’s hiked and camped in mountains and forests throughout the northwest U.S., Central America and East Africa. He knows the lakes and mountains as well as he knows the plains and deserts, not to mention almost all the creatures who live there, from the smallest bird to the largest elephant. And he will paint them on whatever size canvas suits them best. In addition to his peaceful views of animals in their natural habitats, he is also known for his paintings’ many different sizes and shapes—each chosen to best suit his perfectly balanced images of wildlife and wilderness.


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