Craig Freeman

Passion II, 2019
Oil on Canvas
48 x 36 x 1.50 in
Craig Freeman

“The majestic poetry of the landscape has always moved me at a very deep emotional level. Gazing upon nature's divine light, harmony of dramatic color, and expressive composition, I am inspired to create designs that allow the viewer to enter into the painting on a visual journey that I hope will lift their spirit to Positivity, as it does mine. This is my mission as a lifelong artist.

I owe my love of nature to my late father Henry Freeman, who put a fishing pole in my hand at age five. We fished and camped and hiked the streams and lakes of California for over forty years. Thanks Pops."


At age 14 Craig sold his first painting while in high school. He earned his BA and MA degrees in Fine Art, and received numerous awards in both National and International competitions. In 1982 he went on to create the Northwest College of Art and Design in Puget Sound, Washington. For over 25 years Craig traveled the country as a national speaker on creativity, arts education, and living your passion before retiring to focus on painting full time. His artwork can be found in the homes of collectors throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.


Member: Oil Painters of America

Member: California Art Club

B.A Fine Art, UC Berkeley, 1968
M.A Fine Art, San Jose State University, 1974
Personal study throughout Europe including France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, England, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Turkey.

Professional Honors and Awards:
1973 - First Place Award, Palo Alto Cultural Arts Center, Palo Alto, CA ("Ski Boot", Acrylic on Canvas, 5'x6')
1974 - People's Choice Award, 121st Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA ("Lucern", Acrylic on Canvas, 5'x7')
1975 - First Place Award, California Arts Invitational at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA, Judge Robert Bechtel, Master Photorealist
1992 - Elected Board Member, Washington Federation of Private Schools and Colleges, three year term
1994 - Appointed President of ICDS International Council of Design Schools with 22 schools and colleges worldwide
1995 - Sterlin's Who's Who Award
2000 - Accreditation with Honor at the Annual ACCSCT Conference, NV

Owner / Founder:

1982 - Northwest College of Art and Design, Tacoma, WA  NCAD Website
1985 - Northwest Foundation for Fine Art, Poulsbo, WA
2013 - Palms Gallery, Kauai, HI
2018 - Freeman Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Solo Exhibitions:
1974 - Ballas Gallery, Mountain View, CA
1975-1976 - Iraj Parravi Gallery, Saratoga, CA
1976 - M.J Elliot Gallery, San Mateo, CA
1977 - Bob Keck Gallery, San Mateo, CA
1978 - Paul Garnier Gallery, Campbell, CA
1979 - Young Gallery, San Jose, CA
1981 - Paul Addi Gallery at MGM Grand Hotel, Reno, NV
1982 - Peter Long Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 - Bainbridge Island Arts Exhibition, Bainbridge Island, WA
1997 - Jim Wise Gallery, Poulsbo, WA
2001 - D'Adamo / Hill Gallery, Bellevue, WA
2001 - Marco Polo Gallery, Carmel, CA
2002 - Philips Gallery of Fine Art, Kirkland, WA
1982 - present - Freeman Gallery at Northwest College of Art and Design, Poulsbo WA / Tacoma WA

Group Exhibitions:
1973 - Cory Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1974 - Lodi Invitational, Lodi, CA
           121st Cal Expo Exhibit, Sacramento, CA
           Palo Alto Cultural Arts Center, Palo Alto, CA
1975 - Northern California Arts Invitational, Sacramento, CA
1976 - Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
           Arena International Art Exhibit, New York, NY
           Los Altos Celebrity Charity Show, Los Altos, CA
1977 - San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1978 - Isis Gallery, Manhasset, NY
1979 - Saint Lawrence Academy, Santa Clara, CA
2013 - 2018 - Palms Gallery, Kauai, HI
2016 - 2018 - Primary Elements Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR

Current Gallery representation:
2019 - Current -  Freeman Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2018 - Current - Kalakoa Kauai Gallery, Kauai, HI
2017 - Current - Freeman Gallery at NCAD, Tacoma, WA