From the 2016 catalog of my show at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art:
"The most amazing thing to me about painting, is in how formless raw materials are transformed into images of specific meaning. There is certainly beauty in the palette alone, with its casual freedom and the beauty of the paint itself. Many artists are drawn to this and it becomes their life’s work.
Every time I “rough in” a canvas, and drips and splatters run around, like children in the rain, a part of me wants to stop right there!
But then, there is that voice telling me, “you are not done yet.” There is more., waiting in the paint.. There is the beauty of intension...the beauty of time invested...the beauty of nature and growth.... the beauty of light through hair, of shimmering leaves on water or neon reflected in rainy city streets. So I keep working, and at some point a form emerges, shadows glow, textures become real and I just accept this fact: These are the paintings I was meant to do."
(above left) Fred Danziger on a 2014 painting trip to Maine. He is shamelessly painting a LIGHT HOUSE!
(There is nothing better than this...)
(above right) Danziger in his studio with his 2018 Emmy® award for his illustration work done for television documentaries.
Statement: From a recent brochure: "When I was three, I drew a
picture of a clown, and my mother liked it so much, she gave me milk
and cookies. I liked that! I figured I was on to something there, and
when I went to kindergarten, I already knew I was going to be an artist."
Publications: See especially:
100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley" 2011 by Catherine Quillman;
American Artist Magazine March 1991 by Anna Francis;
Seven Arts Magazine Feb. 1994 by Jodie Kolodzey;
The Artist's Magazine August 1993 by Anna Francis.
Other selected publications. Various dates and authors
My first dog, "Mickey" and me, at Chartier's Terrace near Carnegie, PA where I spent my youth.
been extremely fortunate to have been able to spend the greatest part
of my life, doing art. Color, light, ideas- they provide the joy.
That is the bottom line summary. I have also been fortunate to be a
teacher, at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, (from 1997 to 2002) where
I met so many students who have given me faith.