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Artist craig freeman


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Craig Freeman was born in the California Bay Area and became interested in art and music very early on. At age five he started piano and still plays for enjoyment and relaxation. It was his high school art teacher Winifred Lane who took a special interest in Craig supplying him with encouragement, extra painting supplies for the summer and organizing shows of his work. Coming home after summer vacation he found a check for the purchase of ten paintings he had done that year - that was a defining moment. 
 
While pursuing studies in art and science at East Bay University California he was divided - Art or Science. But over coffee with a biology professor he was asked - "Craig I saw your art displayed here on campus - nice work. What are you doing here in Biology ?" Another defining moment... Craig completed a BA in Art, left for Europe for 4 months, stood facing works of the great master's Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and decided he needed to continue his studies. Graduating art school earning a MA in Fine Art from San Jose State University. While working on his MA in Fine Art  Craig noticed he loved helping and encouraging others. Thus a career including art instruction was born. A busy schedule balancing college teaching, maintaining an active painting studio, running a small gallery in Mountain View California and exhibiting his paintings in national & international competitions occupied his time. Craig has received numerous awards, exhibited in galleries and museums from east to the west coast. His art is in private collections in Central Europe, Japan, Canada, Croatia, Finland, and the US.  
 
Freeman founded Northwest College Of Art & Design in 1982 in Poulsbo Washington.  NCAD  now with a NEW CAMPUS at 1126 Pacific Ave downtown Tacoma [...]

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