Ben Freeman


Vallejo, CA


I have been drawing things since I was a kid, and got into photography way before there were digital cameras, but didn't get serious about my art until around 1978. I studied on my own for a bit, then got a bachelor's degree in art from Sacramento State University in Sacramento CA in 1982. I have worked in many different mediums along the way mainly because one would not satisfy all of my artistic ideas. I have worked in glass engraving, jade carving, sculpture, photography, textiles, cloisonne, ceramics, and watercolors. I also have worked as an artist in the sign industry for about 15 years, and you can occasionally see that aspect in a few of my images which have a more commercial feel. I am now working with digital photography and digital artworks derived from the photography. I tend to look for the images in life that might get missed by most folks as they zoom by in the rush of life, and for the patterns and "inner artworks" that I find when looking closely at some subjects.

In my digital artworks I have a style that I call digital watercolors, which resembles the style of watercolor work I used to do when I actually painted them by hand. I was always a bit more illustratorish than the traditional watercolor style. What I like about this style is that viewed up close it becomes more obviously watercolorish, but when viewed from a few steps back it starts to take on more photographic qualities. Most of these tends towards a sort of impressionistic style, with some being more abstract in nature. The advent of photo manipulation programs such as Adobe Illustrator and GIMP have made it possible for me to get the images in my head to come out the same in the finished product. The color saturation is much more of what I want than anything I used to be able to create with actual paints and such.

My digital photography, and the film photography that I used to do are usually of an abstract nature as I tend to zoom in on subjects to find the interesting patterns and "inner artworks" as mentioned in the digital artworks section above. I also look for interesting contrasts and textures. I like interesting architecture and have many abstract architectural images in my galleries.

I can't restrain myself to one single style of artwork. There is too much out there of interest that sparks my imagination so I don't want to limit myself and miss what could be a great image.


Break OnThrough To The Other Side by Ben Freeman


She Never Dreamed That Nature Could Be So Overwhelming by Ben Freeman


The Brightly Colored Door Illustrated by Ben Freeman


Got That Whole Mornin' Sunlight Thing Goin' On by Ben Freeman


Bird of Paradise Flower by Ben Freeman


Mystical Mare Island Mandala by Ben Freeman


Meditating in the Garden of Forgotten Gods and Goddesses by Ben Freeman


In a Secret Place in the Garden of Forgotten Gods and Goddesses by Ben Freeman


In the Garden of Forgotten Gods and Goddesses 3 by Ben Freeman


Sometimes Love by Ben Freeman


Rock and Roll by Ben Freeman


At The Eastern Gods Pool Party by Ben Freeman


In the Garden of Forgotten Gods and Goddesses by Ben Freeman


In the Garden of Forgotten Gods and Goddesses 2 by Ben Freeman


Nautical Knicknacks by Ben Freeman


Glorious Gladiola by Ben Freeman


Mare Island Abstract by Ben Freeman


Dense Daffodils by Ben Freeman


Poppies and Lavender by Ben Freeman


Nasturtiums Illustrated by Ben Freeman


Cheyenne Chief on Horseback by Ben Freeman


Lilies Illustrated by Ben Freeman


Architectural Abstract 5 by Ben Freeman


EarthDeath Warning by Ben Freeman


Rosy Bunch by Ben Freeman


Golden Rose by Ben Freeman


Architectural Abstract Number 4 by Ben Freeman


Sometimes the Doors of Perception Need a Little Upkeep by Ben Freeman


A Quiet Place by Ben Freeman


Mountain Falls by Ben Freeman


Architectural Study Mare Island Vallejo CA by Ben Freeman


Architectural Abstract Oakland CA by Ben Freeman


Architectural Design Mare Island Shipyard Vallejo CA by Ben Freeman


Queens Bath Falls Palenque Mexico by Ben Freeman


Kitsune Spirit by Ben Freeman


Hull Plate Abstract by Ben Freeman


The Back Window of the Back Door by Ben Freeman


Coastal Layers by Ben Freeman


Jellys for the Belly by Ben Freeman


Small Falls by Ben Freeman


Tulips On Parade by Ben Freeman


Forest Pond by Ben Freeman


Flower Falls by Ben Freeman


Poppy Love by Ben Freeman


Lavender Waterlily by Ben Freeman


Foggy Hillscape by Ben Freeman


Corn Rows by Ben Freeman


Jungle Falls by Ben Freeman