Fredericka Foster

Some thoughts about Fredericka's paintings

In viewing Frederica's painting I would encourage you to use them as inspiration to pay closer attention next time you see water in motion. If you closely observe each of these paintings of moving water, you will begin to recognize characteristic qualities of the particular location. Usually the qualities are regional, but they can also vary from stream to stream within the same region.

Can you see in the paintings that in some locations, water moves with well-defined ridges or ripples? That the water appears to have a stronger ability to hold a waveform in some areas and not others? Also note that some of the paintings capture a movement where the ridges are smaller and more numerous, while others appear to be more singular, well formed and more powerful. Still others portray languid qualities of movement where even when disturbed the water seems to lack the capacity to hold a distinct pattern at all.

Having viewed some of these paintings, you are encouraged to pay closer attention to the water moving in rivers, streams or bays near your location. What qualities does the water share with those in the paintings? Are there some characteristics that are different? It is always helpful and instructive to compare observations of moving water in one location with those in another location.

More information about the particular locations of the paintings is given in the gallery elsewhere on this page.

We are very interested in hearing about your own observations or your comments about these paintings. We encourage you to email us with your findings, questions and comments.

- Michael D'Aleo, SENSRI

Artist's Statement

Like Michael D'Aleo's scientific work with water observation, I also perceive that image patterning gives the truth of water. Water does not describe itself, instead, it defines where it is, what kind of surface it rests on, what it carries, and how it is interacting with wind and sun. I am inspired to paint this communication in oils on canvas. Water, in its dance with light, is the basis of photosynthesis, creating all the energy that supports life, and allowing me to participate in the hydrological cycle. It is no wonder that reflections relax us and give us an experience of awe at our interconnectedness. The study of water's myriad forms and the way it takes reflections shows individuality in bodies of water that can be addressed by the visual imagination, and each painting challenges me anew.

Fredericka Foster

Artist Resumé


121 Greene Street #4
New York, New York 10012

B.A. in Art, University of Washington 1972
Factory of Visual Arts, 1972-3
Inquiries: the artist or


  • 2006 - Waterway, Fischbach Gallery, New York Nov 16-Dec 16
  • 2004 - Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, New York Feb 12- March 13
  • 2002 - Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, New York March 21-April 20th
  • 1999 - From the Ground Up, "Quiet House", Invitational installation, Duvall, WA, August
  • 1996 - Deus/Virus: Transforming the Protease, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, April-May
    Transforming the HIV Protease, The Norbert Considine Gallery at Stuart Country Day School, Princeton, NJ, Sept.-Oct.


2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Fischbach Gallery, NYC

  • 2004 - les Fables de la Fontaine, The Meyerhoff Gallery, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Jan-Mar
    The Flag Project,( String #5) Rubin Museum, NY, NY - ongoing
  • 2003 - Fables: The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, March-April
    Well heeled, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, Oct-Nov
  • 2002 - Mind/Body, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrenceville, NJ, April: Kate Somers, Curator les Fables de la Fontaine, Temple University Rome, Italy Nov and Cenre pour L'art et la Culture, Aix-en-provence, France April 12-28
  • 2001 - Turtle Times, Studio D'Ars, Milan, Italy, May-July
  • 2000 - Painting 2000, Bumberbiennial, Seattle, WA, curator Matthew Kangas, Sept.
    Mary Mary, Seattle Undergound Film Festival, October
  • 1999 - Gail Chase and Fredericka Foster Shapiro, SOHO 20, New York, New York, July
    The Wedding, The Limelight, New York City, March Shadfest Banner invitational, Artsbridge and the Lambertville, NJ Chamber of Commerce: Lamberville, NJ, April (banners to be brought out yearly)
  • 1998 - The Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition, May, New Hope, PA


Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
Artsbridge and the Lambertville Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Bancshares
Merck and Company
Microsoft Corporation
General Electric

Fredericka Foster


Tricycle Magazine, Vol. XIV No. 4 Summer, reproduction of Norwegian Fjord I, p. 128

Elizabeth Neuman, "Fredericka Foster: Water Way", NY Arts, April, p. 95 Deloris Tarzan Ament, Iridescent Light; The Emergence of Northwest Art, University of Washington Press, P. 8

Tricycle Magazine, Vol. IX No. 4 Summer, 2000. Full page reproduction of painting, BUDDHA, p. 18 Galen Films/Romano Productions, The Spiritual Journey: Interfaith Perspectives, several paintings included in the 34 minute video presented to the World Parliment of Religious Leaders by the Auburn Theological Seminary and the Temple of Understanding

Regina Hackett, "Urban artists fill a natural setting with surprises", Seattle PI, August 31, Section D

Becca Robinson, "What's Upfront", New Age Magazine, Nov.-Dec., P. 18, artist's photo by Sean Emmerle

Tammy Paolina,"Fighting AIDS, Death through an Artist's Protean Vision", Photography by Nicole Buchenholz; Hunterdon County Democrat, 11 April, What's Up? cover and p.3
Wendy Heisler, "Lending a Healing Hand",The Princeton Packet-Time Off, 5 Apr, P.11 "Deus/Virus: at Riverrun, an AIDS-Healing Installation", New Hope Gazette, 21 March, article and photograph P. 18

Digressions on Infection, "le SIDA, theme central de l'exposition d'une artiste americaine..." Sophiapolis, 15 jan.

Delois Tarzan. "Big Apple still big in an art career," The Seattle Times, 31 July, Arts Alive sec. Artist's portrait by Kort Duce