RENO, NV - If you haven't lived in this area for long, the name Fred Boyce may not be familiar to you. The 91-year-old nature artist's work is loved by many northern Nevada residents. He is nationally known for his paintings of wildlife and Nevada landscape. He hasn't publicly shown his work for 8 years, but this weekend that's all going to change.
“It is so historic and so beautiful and so pristine and so different, I just find endless endless ideas for painting,” says artist Fred Boyce of his love affair with his model--Nevada.
Since 1971, nature artist Fred Boyce has dedicated his artwork to Nevada's environment.
He says he finds inspiration in just about everything: mountains, animals, even weeds.
“When an artist's painting or creation is... attracts a person there is a spiritual connection, the spirit of what's painted or sculpted or whatever has its own spirit,” says Boyce about connecting with his audience.
At 91 he has slowed down a bit, but the gallery inside his home shows a lifetime of work dedicated to the beauty he finds in wild animals, streams, and even the light on leaves.
His work was initially praised by locals and hunters who could identify and understand what Boyce portrayed on his canvas.
He gained national recognition by producing magazine covers for sporting journals, catalogues, wildlife record books, and stamps.
Boyce disappeared from the local scene for about eight years, but this weekend you can see his work, and meet with him at Bartley Ranch, where his art will be on display.
If you are lucky you can catch him expressing why he's dedicated his life's work to Nevada's wild side.