Watercolor artist, Fred Kingwill was born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1943, where his love affair with wild places, plants and critters first began. Even at an early age, he enjoyed art and was encouraged in that direction by his family. He attended Colorado State University where he received a degree in Forest Recreation and later obtained a Masters in Environmental Communications from the University of Michigan. In addition to his art career, he has worked as a Naturalist, High School Conservation Teacher, Forester, Public Information Officer, Management Consultant and has taught graduate courses in Environmental Education for the University of Michigan and Northern Colorado. During his service with the U.S. Navy, he was photojournalist in Vietnam and the Caribbean. For over 30 years, he has taught watercolor classes and workshops throughout the country, including 4 yrs teaching art on a cruise ship going to Alaska.
Fred likes to emphasize color in his transparent watercolors and he is best known for his mountain landscapes, wildlife, and flower paintings. He has won numerous awards including being Wyoming's Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year and winning 3 Peoples Choice awards from the Wyoming Watercolor Society. He has participated in Art Fairs since the 1960's. His workshops and classes feature an experimental-process approach to learning in a positive environment and has helped thousands of people to better understand and enjoy watercolors.