Full Artist Bio

Michael Fratrich has worked as a professional artist since 1983, when he sold his first oil painting of a rural farm scene at the age of fifteen during an exhibit in Northern New Jersey. A self taught artist, Fratrich developed his style of representing rural and vintage American subjects at an early age. His distinctive artistic renderings have evolved from an appreciation of his family’s farm country roots in addition to his experience with the renowned artist and writer Eric Sloane. “I am very fortunate to have known him as a child, and to have studied his work during my own artistic coming of age,” Fratrich states. “To this day I still apply a great deal of his instruction to my own artistic philosophy.”

Fratrich, experienced first hand the tragedy of 9/11 as they were residing in Manhattan at the time. It was that event, coupled with the calling Michael felt to return to the rural scene that prompted him and his wife to settle their businesses and relocate permanently to Vermont. Michael has worked solely as a professional painter during the years since, painting every day in his Manchester studio.

Although Fratrich’s ability allows him to cover limitless subjects in oils, he prefers that his renderings follow his life’s passion for the Early American rural scene. His uncanny ability to capture the mood of our Vintage American Era remains the trademark endemic to his body of work. Along with sanctioning gallery viewers’ passage back in time to revisit worthy ideals, the magic of Fratrich’s renderings is that they may be emotively experienced. They serve as a vehicle for travel along the viewers own mental highways of exploration …or recollection. Simultaneously, they sponsor a pride in the laudable subjects of our American ancestry. Whether it is a farmscape painting that allows us to momentarily identify with the worthiness of the Early American Farmer, his purposeful living, and the beauty therein – or a covered bridge painting sponsoring our appreciation of the ingenuity and perseverance of the Early American Bridge Builder, fabricating a beautifully enduring purposeful structure of only basic materials, without the use of one power tool. Fratrich’s paintings enunciate the essence of an earlier era, and celebrate the endurance of those ideals to this day.

“What I am doing through my paintings,” Fratrich claims, “is recording the underlying American Spirit. I have moved to Vermont from a much more gentrified area of the country where the landscape is all but void of that sense, and I am filled with wonder every day at how much Vermont bubbles over with enduring impressions of the American Spirit. Whether I am driving past an old covered bridge, or an Early American Farmstead, gazing out of my studio window at the ancient apple orchard, or simply comparing old hand crafted wooden buckets at a local Vermont antique shop, I am bearing witness to the everlasting American Spirit that forged them.” Fratrich concluded, “To live the lifestyle of a professional artist recording in oils the American Spirit is to have found true happiness. I have found that happiness here in Vermont.”

LAVENDER RISE

LAVENDER RISE

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Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 38 in. x 48 in.

Complimentary colors and subtle values make this piece a perfect fit in all styles of decor. It is a perfect accent for any home, office or even business.

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GOOD NIGHT MOON

GOOD NIGHT MOON

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 36 in. x 36 in.

Moonlight paintings by Michael are of great appeal and do not last long! They are subtle and possess warm, cozy and comforting feelings.

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A DEDICATION

A DEDICATION

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Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 28 in. x 13 in.

Michael Fratrich has a new treat with an strong Asian influence. Charming raw silk like texture in these two verticals. After studying Asian history and art these two pieces demonstrate Michael's great versatility in his expression and subjects.
In China, the Crow is also Commended for its Social Behavior as young crows help their parents bring up the next brood. The crow stands as an example of Dedication to Family and Ancestors in nature. Crow Families abound in Ukiyo-e Art.

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BIRDS AND BLOSSOMS

BIRDS AND BLOSSOMS

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Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 28 in. x 13 in.

Michael Fratrich has a new treat with an strong Asian influence. Charming raw silk like texture in these two verticals. After studying Asian history and art these two pieces demonstrate Michael's great versatility in his expression and subjects.

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EVER GLOW

EVER GLOW

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Medium: Oil on PANEL
Size: 24 in. x 18 in.

Here is a smaller version of the very large and loved piece Golden Hour. Michael is amazing at capturing the light and color.

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LAST LIGHT

LAST LIGHT

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Medium: Oil on PANEL
Size: 24 in. x 36 in.

Here is a wonderful feeling of the end of a beautiful day on a sweet small farm.

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RED DOORS

RED DOORS

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Medium: Oil on PANEL
Size: 30 in. x 40 in.

A new and exciting expression by Michael. He is an ever resourceful creator of new expressions that push the edge on contemporary and traditional style. This is a bold piece to make a statement in any room.

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VERMONT STORMLIGHT

VERMONT STORMLIGHT

Price:$13,500
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 36 in. x 60 in.

An ultra dramatic scene to set off any room with color and simplicity.

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FIELD GEM II

FIELD GEM II

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Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 36 in. x 36 in.

The last of the very popular Starlight series by Michael Fratrich. A profound and energy filled painting perfect as the featured piece in any room of your house.

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GOLDEN HOUR

GOLDEN HOUR

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Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 36 in. x 70 in.

Michael Fratrich treats us to another incredibly colored sky as a backdrop to a comforting - homey piece.

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FINAL CURTAIN

FINAL CURTAIN

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Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 36 in. x 60 in.

That unique time of day where unbelievable colors appear for fractions of time to delight our transition to night. Michael has captured this beautifully.

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SEVENTH HEAVEN

SEVENTH HEAVEN

Price:SOLD
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 36 in. x 36 in.

A popular starry night scene that doesn't last in the gallery for long. A lovely walkway of stones brings you to a lit home and barn. A perfect addition for any collector.

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WORLD HEADQUARTERS

WORLD HEADQUARTERS

Price:SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 36 in. x 60 in.

From part of the Storm Light series, this one is fabulous.

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OLD BARN

OLD BARN

Price: $
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 24 in. x 30 in.

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FIELD GEM

FIELD GEM

Price: $7800
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 30 in. x 40 in.

With a turquoise roof.......this barn truly is a gem!

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FAMILY MAN

FAMILY MAN

Price: $3800
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 18 in. x 24 in.

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MIDNIGHT

MIDNIGHT

Price: $7800
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 36 in. x 60 in.

A new expression!

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AUTUMN VIEW

AUTUMN VIEW

Price: $SOLD
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 18 in. x 30 in.

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VERMONT IDOL

VERMONT IDOL

Price: $SOLD
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 24 in. x 20 in.

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THE VERMONTER

THE VERMONTER

Price: $SOLD
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 16 in. x 24 in.

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WONDERLAND

WONDERLAND

Price: $ SOLD
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 24 in. x  36 in.

Looks like Manchester Village, Vermont

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WINTER SNOW

WINTER SNOW

Price: $ SOLD
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 30 in. x  60 in.

An incredible accent to any room!

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DUTIFUL STONE

DUTIFUL STONE

Price: $ SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 36 in. x 48 in.

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SCARLETT STORMLIGHT

SCARLETT STORMLIGHT

Price: $ SOLD
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 36 in. x  60 in.

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HALO

HALO

Price: $ 4,800
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 18 in. x  24 in.

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LAVENDER FIELDS

LAVENDER FIELDS

Price: $ 7,800
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 40 in. x  30 in.

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SNOWLIGHT

SNOWLIGHT

Price: $4400
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 16 in. x 24 in.

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RANGER BY REQUEST

RANGER BY REQUEST

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Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 28 in. x 36 in.

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LITTLE STORMLIGHT

LITTLE STORMLIGHT

Price:   SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 12 in. x  24 in.

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FARLIGHT

FARLIGHT

Price: $ 2900
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 12 in. x 18 in.

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FARMER’S MORNING

FARMER’S MORNING

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Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 16 in. x 24 in.

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