Famous for her still-life paintings, this Realist artist exhibited her work at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and numerous other prestigious galleries. She received three MacDowell Fellowships and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, among other honors.
She received her artistic training at Smith College, the Art Students League of New York, and the Yale University School of Art and Architecture.
At various points in her career, she taught in the visual art departments of the University of Chicago, the New York School of Visual Arts, Syracuse University, and Parsons The New School for Design.
The sister of a photographer and the granddaughter of an American Impressionist artist, Fish spent her childhood in Massachusetts and Bermuda and later lived and worked in New York and Vermont. Her two marriages ended in divorce.
During her early adulthood years, she befriended sculptor Louise Nevelson.