Artist’s Statement

Magnifying Glass in Frederick's Studio

Having for many years painted mostly figurative and surrealistic images, I am now working on largely abstract, landscape-based canvases. This evolution from image to abstraction has been dramatic and exciting for me. By controlling rather than repressing familiar forms of reference, abstraction creates a language whose interpretation and meaning is left to the viewer.
The paintings I have made in recent years are mostly monochromatic and based on controlled improvisation which I compare to guiding a raft through rapids: the river can’t be controlled, but one learns to steer the craft.