Sarnoff's Featured Artist of the Month - Fred Wackerle

“Fred’s paintings vary from contemplative to joyful with luminous colors that present nature in all its vivid palette”
“Art Is Spectrum” Magazine May, 2008    

Artist Statement

I enjoy both plein air and studio painting - more abstract than representational - motivated by light and shadow. My outdoor painting process consists of scouting a good location, at times hiking at great length, selecting dramatic lighting conditions, editing the subject matter for composition, and selecting a color palette that achieves a striking, abstract impression.  In addition, I like the challenge and spontaneity of painting ala prima… fast.  I sometimes use my small plein air paintings as inspiration for larger works.

My larger impressionistic works (especially “dreamscapes:”cloud abstracts and large triptych paintings) are done in my studio either directly from life observation or memory. I love to paint in oils. And, I accept commissions. My artist web site is:

Why I shop at Sarnoff’s.

For 20 years I have counted on Henry and his staff for prompt service and excellent technical advice. From their large selection of oil paints and mediums to the recently established framing and giclee printing facilities, they offer one-stop access for all of my requirements. And, Henry stands by all his resources in  most friendly, customer-focused manner. He's a real can-do guy!


Fred Wackerle Bio

Fred divides his painting time between Chicago and Tucson.

He has attended classes with the following instructors and institutions:

  • Diane Rath
  • Ray Roberts
  • Olivia Petrides
  • The Chicago Art Institute
  • Phile Starke
  • Jean Perry
  • Ken Auster
  • Laguna Art Academy
  • Ox Bow Art School
  • Painting in Provence
  • Scottsdale Art School
  • Skip Whitcomb
  • Scott Powers
  • George Strickland
  • Palette & Chisel

Fred enjoys both studio and plein air painting and is an Artist Member of the Tucson Plein Air Painter's Society (TPAPS), The Palette & Chisel Academy of Chicago and Chicago Plein Air Painters. In addition to his web site, his paintings may be seen in his studio in the Fine Arts Building, Suite 635, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago and his home studio in Tucson, AZ. Fred is represented by the Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery in Tucson, AZ and the Rogoway Gallery in Tubac, AZ.

Fred had his first solo show in September, 2005 at Metal Works Gallery in Chicago. In August, 2007, Fred had three of his large Abstract Clouds series paintings in a juried exhibition at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, NY. He has received Honorable Mention for his plein air paintings Picacho Shadows (Tubac Festival of Arts), and Schroeder House Shadows (Cedarburg, WI, Plein Air Competition). And in August, 2010, his oil painting Capistrano Square received first prize in the national juried exhibition at the Buchanan Center for the Arts (IL). In April, 2012, he was invited to present new paintings, "Improvisations From Nature," in a solo show at The Northern Trust in Tucson. In January, 2013 he will exhibit new abstract landscape narrative paintings in a solo show at the Rogoway Gallery, Tubac, AZ. Fred's paintings reflect an avid interest in the impressionistic shapes and shadows of the outdoors:

Exhibitions (*Juried)

March, 2003: *Juried Festival of the Arts. “Honorable Mention”, Tubac, AZ

June, 2004: Palette & Chisel Academy Artist Members’ Show, Chicago. IL

November, 2004: Metal Works Gallery, Group Show, “Chicago Paintings”, Chicago, IL

2005-2013: *Empire Ranch Centennial Artists’ Show, Tucson, AZ

June, 2005: Plein Air Competition and Show “Honorable Mention”, Cedarburg, WI

July, 2005: “Baseball Artists Show” Ten Cat Gallery, Chicago

September, 2005: Solo Show “Saguaros and Sunsets” Metal Works Gallery, Chicago, IL

October, 2005: *Chicago Club “Members Art Exhibition”, Chicago, IL

January, 2006: *“Artists In Residence Group Show” Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL

July, 2006: Solo Show. “Saguaros and the City” Everett Gallery, Monmouth, IL

March, 2007: *Huachuca Art Association Juried Show, “Third Place Prize”, Bisbee, AZ

April, 2007: *Northern Trust Gallery Juried Show (TPAPS), Tucson, AZ

2007, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12: Lodge at Ventana Canyon “Member’s Art Show,” Tucson, AZ

August, 2007: *Agora Gallery “Chelsea Contemporary Art Show” New York, NY

April, 2008: Ironwood Gallery Group Show, Tucson, AZ

September, 2008: “Edgewater Arts District Group Show”, Chicago, IL

November, 2008: *”Beacon Street Gallery Group Show”, Chicago, IL

July, 2009: Solo Show, “Impressions From The Sky,” FAB Gallery, Chicago, IL

August, 2009: “Plein Air Meanderings,” Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL

2010; 11; 12: *“Copper State Artists” Rogoway Gallery, Tubac, AZ

August, 2010: *First prize “National Juried Arts Exhibition” Buchanan Center, Monmouth, IL

April, 2012: “Improvisations from Nature” Solo Show, The Northern Trust, Tucson, AZ

January, 2013: “Dreamscapes,” Solo Show, Rogoway Gallery, Tubac, AZ

February, 2013: “Colorful Country,” Solo Show, Jane Hamilton Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Gallery Representation

Jane Hamilton Fine Arts Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Rogoway Turquois Tortoise Gallery, Tubac, AZ


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