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.


Red Lilies by Ben Freeman


Falls in the Forest by Ben Freeman


Heading For TheFinish Line by Ben Freeman


Together by Ben Freeman


Wild Horses In Winter by Ben Freeman


Semi Auto Death by Ben Freeman


Revolver Death by Ben Freeman


Coy Koi by Ben Freeman


Under The Stairs by Ben Freeman


Oceanic Illustration by Ben Freeman


Flying Free by Ben Freeman


Seaside Pentagrams by Ben Freeman


Firey Flora by Ben Freeman


Serenity by Ben Freeman


Meditative Moment by Ben Freeman


Waiting To Be Dinner by Ben Freeman


Hot Pink Hydrangea by Ben Freeman


Morning Glorious by Ben Freeman


Place of Peace by Ben Freeman


Dreams of Beauty in the Middle of Hell by Ben Freeman


Its All In Your Head by Ben Freeman


I Am Become Death by Ben Freeman


Bread Line Revisited by Ben Freeman


Cheyenne Chief 2 by Ben Freeman


Plumb Crazy by Ben Freeman


Black Cat in a Green Field by Ben Freeman


Angleic by Ben Freeman


Hole in One by Ben Freeman


Urnside Abstract by Ben Freeman


Its Got All The Angles by Ben Freeman


View B-2 by Ben Freeman


Reflected Glory by Ben Freeman


Buddha Blue by Ben Freeman


Natural and Unnatural Accents by Ben Freeman


Stony Silence by Ben Freeman


Flourescent Pelicans by Ben Freeman


The Gods Watched in Astonishment as the Hero Battled On Against All Odds by Ben Freeman


Peachy Doors by Ben Freeman


Number 19 by Ben Freeman


Double the Textures by Ben Freeman


Piercing by Ben Freeman


Metallic Contrasts by Ben Freeman


Contrasts with Accents by Ben Freeman


Man and Nature Abstracted by Ben Freeman


Aging Contrasts by Ben Freeman


Mr. Wolf Goes For A Walk In His Spiffy New Suit by Ben Freeman


Uneasily At Ease by Ben Freeman


Formula Red by Ben Freeman