View Fred Fields' Work
Fred Fields grew up in a small town in Kentucky. He began painting at the age of nine under the tutelage of German-born artist Anneliese Wharenburg, who would be his mentor for the next ten years.
Fields attended Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. Soon after graduation, he landed a job with Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago as a comp artist, doing side jobs for such agencies as J. Walter Thompson and B.B.D.O. in Chicago. A handful of sword and sorcery magazine covers came his way and eventually turned into a full-time job. Fields worked ten years on staff at TSR, Inc., a large game and paperback publisher, in the north woods of Wisconsin. The sometimes-unbearable winters were offset by the chance to work with a group of talented artists each and every day. Eventually the company was relocated to Seattle where Fields lived and worked for another year.
Fields was becoming increasingly bored with his illustration career. While living in Seattle he, a couple of friends and then fiancée, Sandy, attended a gallery open house. He found the idea of painting for the sake of painting very appealing. Something clicked in Fields that evening. Later, while visiting friends in Arizona, he showed his work around to a handful of galleries to favorable responses. Fields fell in love with the Desert Southwest as well as the fantastic Western Art he had seen during his visit. He and Sandy decided to take a chance and move to the Southwest where he began a new chapter in his art career.
Field's artistic focus is people: more specifically, contemporary people of the West with ties to the Old West Frontier. Whether it be a weathered and worn-out old rancher watching the goings on of the ranch or a Native dancer during a quiet moment of repose, Fields' moody paintings convey a simplicity and respect for the people of the West and for an era that is rapidly becoming a memory.
The artist lives outside Phoenix, Arizona, with his lovely wife and two strapping young boys. Galleries in both Arizona and Wyoming represent his original paintings.