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Fredrick Guess made a bold move in 1997, leaving his native Florida and relocating to New Orleans. Purchasing a French Quarter building on Royal Street, he opened an art and antique gallery on the first floor and resided in an apartment on the second floor.
A little over a year later, a space became available in one of the Miltenberger houses on the opposite side of the block. This space had advantages Guess could not pass up. It had the feel of a gallery and, more importantly, had natural north light which made it a perfect spot for him to set up a painting studio. In another brave move, Guess quickly sold his building, left the antique business altogether and devoted himself solely to his art career.
It didn’t take long for his risks to pay off handsomely. Fredrick Guess now enjoys wide acclaim in the New Orleans art scene and his work has been granted a number of prestigious placements. Included among the many honors bestowed on him were having one of his paintings featured on the cover of the WYES-PBS Art Auction Catalog of 2000 and being commissioned in 2011 for a portrait of Pope John Paul II to commemorate the 1987 papal visit to the city. That portrait now hangs in Saint Louis Cathedral where it can be viewed by the millions of visitors who come to New Orleans each year.
Fredrick Guess’ use of bold color to create contrasts of light and shadow is a hallmark of his style. The techniques he has developed were influenced by the tutelage of Marilyn Bendell, under whom he studied for three years, and formal training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he received his degree. A unique combination of those influences, along with his innate talent, and the bountiful inspirations of both his home state of Florida as well as his chosen home of New Orleans bring to fruition the marvelous works the studio is so proud to offer. Whether the subject is a tropical garden, a lively French Quarter street scene, or a brilliant sunset, the work of Fredrick Guess stands out among modern American artists for its engaging, uplifting qualities. They hope you will enjoy your visit to their gallery, and that the enchanting vision of Fredrick Guess will bring added joy to your life.  
- Fredrick Guess Studio. http://www.fredrickguessstudio.com/gallery.htm. April 19, 2013.
- New Orleans Tourism Official Website. http://www.neworleansonline.com/directory/location.php?locationID=1602. April 19, 2013.