Charles Fritz’ paintings are an honest approach to the world around him, depicting the landscape and history of the West. Noted for his historical accuracy, he has traveled extensively to do research for his paintings.
Fritz portrays his subject matter with enthusiasm, saying, “I believe in working within the framework of sound, traditional, and proven artistic principles, the same as those applied by the Russian Itinerants, the American Impressionists, and the great illustrators of the 20th century.”
He created the acclaimed collection An Artist with the Corps of Discovery – 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark, shown at 12 museums nationwide. Casting himself as the expedition’s artist, he traveled the entire route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back. The exhibit has been viewed by more than 2 million visitors and is currently an integral part of the new Wonders of Wildlife Natural History Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. In 2013, Fritz received the highest honor awarded by the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation for his contribution to the legacy of the historic expedition.
Fritz’s work will be included in the upcoming exhibit and accompanying book Along Distant Mesas — Maynard Dixon’s American West at the Scottsdale Museum of the West this fall.