born in Milford, Ohio near The Little Miami River, which borders Cincinnati on the east. The River was a main thoroughfare north and south
for the Shawnee tribes that were settled throughout Ohio. From the artifacts that were common in the area, Fritz's interest of the Native
American and their mythology was started. “As a kid, I used to think that when I followed a path along the river that the Shawnee had been there only moments ago, that Boone and Kenton, and maybe the young surveyor G, Washington came this way. Perhaps my need to do the west came from all the stories I had heard and read growing up. My interest and feeling has grown dramatically with research into the day-to-day lives of those builders of America. The thrill comes from exploring one small facet of western life after another." He went on to attend the University of Cincinnati Central Academy of Commercial Art. Fritz is a member of the Cowboy Artists of Americaand
a member of the National Sculpture Society.
Fritz shared his talents with others, teaching numerous educational sessions with young artists and conducting sculpture classes for the