Frederick Counsel is
remembered, not only for his portraits and penetrating social
realism, but for his landscapes as well. A consummate
watercolorist and keen observer, Counsel often produced large
watercolors from small studies executed on site. He lived and
painted in the Altoona area, which he loved, until his death in
1978. Landscapes, such as Blue Hills, Pennsylvania (1936)
evoke the beauty of his native region.
Born in Altoona on January
8, 1910, Counsel studied briefly at the Pennsylvania Academy of
the Fine Arts and the Parson School of Design, and by the 1930s
his career was already well established. He exhibited in New York
City and Washington, D.C., and received numerous awards both in
this country and abroad.