Fred is a fourth generation Idaho native currently living in Boise, Idaho. In 1984 he completed his first large mural commission in downtown Boise, for which he received Boise's annual "Design Review Award," beginning his career painting wall murals for both homes and businesses. In 1995 he was introduced to plein air painting by Tom Szewc and Ovanes Berberian. When he is not working on a mural commission he can usually be found painting the Idaho landscape. Idaho Public Television has called him the "Painter of Idaho" for his creativity in capturing the spirit of the Idaho outdoors.