Fred Easker has been painting full-time since 1994. Like most artists, he previously worked at other things, including teacher, museum educator, and director of a historic house museum, which was completely renovated under his guidance. Easker’s landscapes offer an extraordinary view into the ordinary; they draw on familiar scenes from the back roads of his native eastern Iowa, exploring both aesthetics and the character of the place, and offering a keen meditation on the power, vulnerability and eloquence of the land. He holds a BA and MA in Art Education from the University of Iowa, and among his awards are the Friend of the Arts Award from Marion Fine Arts Council in 1993, and an Arts/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship in 1997. Easker resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.