Freeman BeardI am very thankful for the gift of an ability to draw and paint, and it is my pleasure to use that gift to share my view of beauty with you.

I grew up in a rural setting in North Carolina, gaining an appreciation for the land, the seasons and the beauty that was all around me. Painting and drawing have always been an important part of my everyday life. While attending the Ringling School of Art and Design, I had the benefit of outstanding teachers who provided me with tools for a life of expressing my creative thoughts. My paintings can be found in private and corporate collections around the country.

My wife Marcia and I live in Durham, North Carolina, where I maintain a studio in my home (which offers me the convenience of having a short trip to the coffeemaker and my CD player).

For me, painting is an attempt to capture the color, mood and truth of a subject—whether that subject is mist hanging on the side of a mountain, a flower in bloom, or water rushing over a boulder in a mountain stream. Painting landscapes, seascapes, florals and figures allows me variety and an opportunity to look at subjects with a fresh eye and new excitement.

My hobbies—hiking mountain trails, wandering backroads and waterways, along with gardening flowers and weeds—provide me with an endless supply of subject matter.