Fred Fields grew up in the small, Northern Kentucky town of Burlington. He began oil painting at the age of nine under the tutelage of German artist Anneleise Wharenburg. She would be the boy's somewhat eccentric mentor for the next decade. After graduating Conner High School in Hebron, KY he attended the, now defunct, Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, OH. Soon after graduating he landed a job with Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago as a storyboard comp artist and doing side jobs for the likes of J. Walter Thompson and BBD&O Chicago. A handful of Sword and Sorcery magazine covers came his way and eventually turned into a full time job.
Fred worked ten years on staff at TSR Inc., a large game (Dungeon's & Dragons) and paperback publisher in the beautiful north woods of Wisconsin. A publishing company that was in a rural setting was the perfect situation. Aside from engaging in many outdoor activities Fred was given the chance to work with a group of talented artists each and every day. Eventually the company was bought by Wizards of the Coast (makers of Magic the Gathering) and relocated the company to Seattle, where Fred worked and lived for another year.