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.