Artist Frederick Somers

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://[email protected]

  • Year Born: 1942

  • I love painting woods, fields and streams, interpreting vistas and intimate close views

  • Light and color dance in my imagination as I take joy the creation around me

  • Since 1975 I've painted earth and sky in oil and pastel, and continue to teach others

  • Price Range: $600.00 - $30,000.00


Fred Somers has been painting full-time since 1975 at his farm-home-studio near Northfield, MN.  His oil and pastel paintings, known for their peaceful sensitivity, reflect themes from the land. Whether in intimate views of grass, rocks and water with reflections of light and sky, or in spacious vistas of the countryside he seeks to share the hidden places of nature. He now brings his love of life to sensitive commissioned portraits. Fred’s pastel paintings of the Big Woods State Park near Northfield were chosen for the 1996 Minnesota State Park Permit design. He also continues to inspire others through his painting workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Since his designation as American Swedish Artist of the Year in 1984 he has continued to exhibit and teach in Scandinavia. Experience:    Since 1975: Full-time studio artist: Exhibitions, commissioned works, gallery and studio sales, taught painting workshops. Opened a gallery in a remodeled granary at his rural Northfield home in 1995.  
           1995 Taught pastel painting, 1989 watercolor painting classes Mullsjö Folkhögskola, Sweden              1970-75 and 1980 Instructor of painting, drawing, printmaking, art education, and gallery director at St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, Northfield, MN
2017-18 President, Lake Country Pastel Society
University of Iowa, MA in drawing, MFA in painting;
University of Omaha, BFA.   Selected Honors:
2020 Signature Member Oil Painters of America
2020 Butler Institute of American Art chose "Pirouette" 18x24 pastel, poured pigment and 22 ct gold leaf for their permanent collection 
2020 Accepted in the Pastel Society of America 48th Annual Enduring Brilliance Exhibit of pastel paintings 
2020 Inducted into the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame with Maceo W Mitchell
2020 1st Place “Winter Interlude” show Lake Country Pastel Society
2019 Pastel Society of America - Traveling exhibition Butler Institute of American Art 
2019 Appointed to Minnesota State [...]

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