Charles Fritz

b. 1955

Charles Fritz


Mason City, Iowa


Landscape-figures, western, history

Painting landscape and genre scenes of the Rocky Mountains and Plains States, Charles Fritz has the huge project of documenting in paint the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This endeavor, begun in the late 1990s, will result in over 100 paintings and began when a collector asked him to do a painting based on a description in the Lewis and Clark Journals of the confluence of the Yellowstone and the Missouri rivers. After that, the long-time interest in history kicked in for Fritz, and he set about to travel the route, take photos and extensive notes and then convert these background materials into paintings. In May to September 2004, an exhibit of 62 of the paintings was held at the University of Montana Museum of Art and Culture in Missoula.