Artist Gary Freeman
Gary Freeman is an American painter and print maker known for his Carolina landscape, nature, and architectural studies. He has been a working artist for more than 25 years with numerous exhibitions, awards, and commissions to his credit.
After earning an Associate of Fine Arts from Gaston College, he transferred to East Carolina University and earned a B. S. Degree in Art Education and a Master of Arts in Studio Art. He has taught art on the college level since 1982.
Freeman studied with Donald Sexauer at ECU and, also, credits the work of Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claude Monet, Grant Wood, and Andrew Wyeth with influencing his painting style.
Mr. Freeman is available for presentations, jurying, exhibitions, and limited commissions.
My images, found as I drive the rural roads or walk over the land near my home, reflect my interest in nature, land, and architecture. My work has evolved to explore the relationship between God and man in a rural and small town environment.
My process relies upon study from life and my own reference photographs taken on location. My preliminary work proceeds through a series of pencil and pastel studies to a full-sized chalk drawing done directly on a toned canvas.
My painting technique involves building up layers of thick opaque paint and transparent glazes to achieve areas of color and texture. While developing an image, the large areas are blocked in first followed by the smaller shapes, textures, and details. I constantly adjust relationships, altering and simplifying forms, to intensity the visual experience.