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James Freed Design employs a collaborative process utilizing local talent to develop, design and deliver high quality visitor experiences.



Artistry, solid conceptual development, technical skill and inspired drawing: these are all hallmarks of excellence in illustration and are central to the work of James Freed Design.



If you have always wanted to learn how to draw what you see while out on a hike, one of my drawing and painting workshops may be a good fit for you.

JFD Articles
  • Some recent new work. Marin County landscapes in oil. White House Pool and Black Mountain. Oil on panel. 12″ x 12″. Sold Rush Creek and Mt. Burdell. Oil on panel. 8″ x 10″ Available. Inquiries welcome.

  • I’m participating in a four person show at the Graton Gallery the month of November. I have several new oil paintings on view through December 1. If you are in the area, please come by and have a look! The Graton Gallery is in downtown Graton, CA. Directions can be found at www.gratongallery.com. Hope to […]

  • Come on out to the GRATON GALLERY this coming Sunday, December 9, from 2PM to 4PM to view some wonderful local art, and share some wine, food and holiday spirit. My work will be featured and on view from December 5th through January 13. Besides some of the best painting and fine art West County […]

  • I teach workshops for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association several times a year. The Association’s new Field Seminars Director asked if I could create some illustrations of several Association landmarks in the Park. I was happy to oblige. We settled on an ink wash technique that I teach as part of the drawing workshops. […]

  • I’ve been busy these past two weeks working on over 20 spot illustrations for The Oakland Museum of California. The museum will soon be opening a new group of beautifully crafted natural history diorama exhibits. One exhibit depicts the rocky crag of a sea mount top at Cordell Banks, 120 feet below the ocean’s surface. […]

  • This past Saturday I participated in the opening of a group show of new paintings at the Graton Gallery in western Sonoma County. The opening was very well attended and the work was well received. The show runs until September 30. Stop by the gallery and check it out. Original oil and watercolor paintings, prints […]

  • Join me July 15, from 2 till 4 PM, for a mini-workshop at Infusions Tea House in Sebastopol. I’ll be discussing and demonstrating linear perspective drawing techniques. Come by, sip some delicious tea, sample some excellent hand made chocolates, and learn how to use elements of perspective, including eye level and vanishing points, to add […]

  • What Makes a Drawing Work Well? I recently taught a sketching class for interior design students, many of whom had little or no drawing experience. What I have found over many years of working with students who are just starting to explore drawing is that the first obstacle to overcome is the fear of not […]

  • I went and visited several open studios in and around Point Reyes yesterday. It was a beautiful spring afternoon in West Marin, sunny with a hint of a cool breeze blowing in from the ocean. A dear friend of mine suggested we go see some art. First stop was in the town of Pt. Reyes […]

  • Welcome to my brand new website and blog. I am an artist, designer and teacher with many and varied interests. This blog will provide a venue to share my work and thoughts about art, design, the natural world, sustainability, and education. For me these subjects are all wrapped up with each other. In the fall […]