About Fred Choate

Fred Choate is a fourth generation Idaho native. He was born in Wendell and grew up in Buhl and Twin Falls. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Idaho State University. His "art" career began in high school, making spending money painting monster hot rods on sweatshirts. He also illustrated his senior yearbook.
In 1982 Fred began his "full time" art career painting large murals around the Northwest. In 1997 landscape painters Tom Szewc and Ovanes Berberian introduced Fred to plein air painting. Since then his full time passion has been painting the Southern Idaho landscape.
Within a one-hour drive from his home in Boise you can find deep canyons, deserts, alpine lakes and farmlands. He is beginning to find, however, that it is the relationship of water to the land that really fascinates him. No two bodies of water refract and reflect light in the same way. Attempting to capture this elusive quality of water is what keeps painting exciting for Fred.
Galleries & Exhibitions

DawsonTaylor Coffee House
219 N. 8th St.
Boise, Idaho

Kneeland Gallery
Ketchum , Idaho

Idaho Historical Society
Paintings on permanent exhibit at the Capitol Building

Touchmark at Meadow Lake
Meridian, Id: November 10, 2011 - December 12, 2011

Exhibition at The New Dawn Gallery of Fine Art
Pocatello, Idaho: August 1, 2008-September 26, 2008
Pocatello, Idaho: January 6, 2012 "Choate + 7"

The world of art at your fingertips


Plein Air Painters of Idaho
A group of artists dedicated to the advancement of on-location painting in Idaho

Video Instruction

Palette Organization Video
by Fred Choate, www.youtube.com, June 10, 2009

Interpreting Values for Oil Painting Video
by Fred Choate, www.youtube.com, June 10, 2009

In the News

Empower Radio
Fred Choate "Painting Life's Canvas"
Empower Radio, Journey to the Center
- Host: Tammi Baliszewski

Idaho Statesman Article about Fred Choate
When Fred Choate...found his true art
by Dana Oland, Idaho Statesman, April 1, 2012

Art is your fate; do not debate
by J. Haley, Boise Weekly, May 25, 2005

Idaho Painters Guild
Fine art painters in Idaho, encouraging one another

Featured in Sky West Magazine - 2006


"He is a remarkable talent and for those of you fortunate enough to be living in Boise Idaho, he is an excellent teacher for all levels of painters." - Julie Iffla