Westchester resident and artist Beverly Fredericks passed away July 7th after a short illness, her family said. She was 79.

Fredericks lived and worked in Southern California and exhibited her work widely throughout the West, in galleries in Los Angeles, Colorado Springs, Denver, San Diego, Corona del Mar, Riverside, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, San Marino, Westlake Village and the Mojave Desert region, her family said.

Fredericks, who was raised in Colorado and trained there as an artist, as well as in California, had long made her love of nature the primary focus of her work as an artist, her family said.

Her palette and skill were said to reveal strong echoes of the American Tonalists, who, in the late 19th century, were led by George Inness and Edward Steichen. Tonalism evolved from the Barbizon School of painting and developed in the United States simultaneously with American Impressionism, a family member pointed out.

Fredericks’ works are examples of a tradition which dates back more than 100 years among Southern California artists, her family said.

“Like William Keith, I find inspiration in the landscape of this richly varied and colorful, sundrenched countryside,” Fredericks had said recently.

According to her family, her work stressed the relationship of light and nature and stands in the tradition of the impressionist and tonalist painters. She was interested in landscapes and seascapes, and her work generally depicted the dynamic relations of the elements and the many moods associated with them.

Her paintings are found in public and private collections, including the Bank of America, National Burn Center at the University of Texas, Hallmark Circuits, Colorado Springs Medical Center and the art collections of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Welk, Francis X. Bushman, Calvin J. Goodman and the late Roy Lund Hanson. Fredericks was a fellow of the American Institute of Fine Arts.

Her work has also been the subject of articles in American Artist. Fredericks studied with Boardman Robinson, Vaclav Vytlacil, Emerson Woelffer, Archie Musick, Paul Greenlee and Lucille Brown Greene.

Fredericks’ works can be seen at www.beverlyfredericks.com/.

She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and recently Who’s Who in American Women, her family said.

Fredericks was born on June 14th, 1928 to Oscar Frederick Magnuson and India King Glenn in Colorado Springs. She married Harvey Ray Fredericks in 1946 and attended the Colorado Fine Arts Institute and Colorado College after graduating from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High).

Her husband obtained employment with Hughes Aircraft in the late 1960s, when the family moved to Westchester. Aside from her painting and sculpting career, Fredericks worked at Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City to help support her growing family. Her husband died in 1992 and her daughter, Annetta, died in 2005.

Fredericks is survived by her brother, Dr. Fredrick Magnuson of Denver, her two sons, John Stafford Fredericks and Jeffrey Robert Fredericks of Los Angeles and six grandchildren.

A memorial service for Fredericks is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 11th, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W 80th St., Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, the family says donations may be sent to the Arthritis Foundation at P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077-7491.