Observations by Chris With :
"Nancy Freeman is a versatile artist, skilled in the use of pastels, oils, watercolors, and, above all, the computer.
Through the magic of pixels, the computer becomes tubes of paint capable of placing a little pigment here and more pigment there. The results are evocative hybrids with the look of photographs but the soul of paintings.
The rich layers and subtle textures obscure the images’ origins while providing a visual compositional feast. One marvels at the arrangement of shapes, the balanced placement of colors, and the calculated use of space.
The images transport the viewer from the physical world of simple looking into the realm of revery and ecstatic discovery."
Chris With has worked with the National Gallery of Art for 32 years, the majority of that time as Coordinator of Art Information, fielding a host of art-related inquiries from the public, whether or not they pertained to the Gallery's collection. Chis is one of the curators for the Arts Club of Washington. After retirement in 2010, and lecturing on
art history for the adult education division of George Mason University, the focus now is in lecturing widely on a broad array of topics and writing essays and catalogs, largely on 19th and 20th century German art. Chris With has a Ph.D. in modern European history from UCLA.
Grumman Rivets - Three Interpretations
Hill Digital Quilt Project
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Hill Digital Quilt collaborative project
I like viewers to have a say in some of my artistic decisions, to be an active part of the creative process. So a very big "Thank you" to all the participating viewers who chose the winning photos from the dozens of candidates. These winners were transformed into the final panels, then printed, framed and installed in the Quilt Matrix located at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill.
Of course the project took longer to finish than anticipated, but I am very pleased by both the process and the outcome. It was quite interesting to see which images gathered the most votes - not always the ones I would have expected. My favorite transformed panel was always the one I had just finished, so the final few panels are my final favorites.
This project was also a prototype for future collaborative art projects. I've been working with the concept of evolution for many years now, how images can morph into other images, or start whole families with generations and siblings and cousins. In the past I always had to provide the forces that transformed the images, as well as determine which would surrive to the next generation. With the internet, this survival-of-the-fittest decision can be crowd-sourced, providing a more natural force to work with. This project proved the concept to be viable.
So again, many thanks to you all. I have many ideas for future projects, and hope you will participate again.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers
when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.