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Rod Frederick - Crossing Paths -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          Crossing Paths
by Rod Frederick

$1,250.00

LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 31"w x 18"h.
Published: March 2007







No two animals personify the spirit of the North American wilderness better than the wolf and the bear. While few of us will ever chance upon either in our backwoods excursions, the knowledge that they exist is what truly makes the wilderness wild. In this beautiful diptych, artist Rod Frederick portrays an unexpected meeting of these wilderness icons deep in a Pacific Northwest rain forest. The sudden opportunity for these ranging wolves is an abrupt peril for this sow and her cubs. Do her ferocious motherly instincts present the potential of enough pain and suffering for this pack to move on or has it been too long since their last meal? While each panel of this diptych would stand alone as a work of art unto itself, together they create a story filled with the expanse of the wilderness and the drama of the wild.


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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