Fred is an accomplished artist whose knowledge of his native East Anglia often appears as the subject matter of his paintings. He is a Member of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and was its President 1995 to 1997; in January 1998 he was elected a Fellow of The Institute. He is an Honorary Artist Member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and an Honorary Member of The Royal Society of British Artists. He is also a member of the renowned Wapping Group of Artists and he is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers. In October 2009 he was elected a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.