Teacher/Instructor; Visual Arts: Drawing Illustration, Painting
Emily Freiman, MA, ATR, is a Connecticut-born artist and Art Therapist who has made the California Bay area her home for 35 years. She studied at both the University of Hartford Art School and Massachusetts College of Art, then went on to major in illustration at Paier College of Art in Connecticut. Emily learned Chinese Brush Painting with Madeleine Fu in San Francisco and textile surface design with Zeida Rothman in Berkeley. She interfaced with the interior design industry, designing and producing a line of home textiles that included custom hand painted pillows, stretched fabric paintings and quilts. In 1995 Emily earned a Masters in Art Therapy from the College of Notre Dame de Namur, and worked in the field as Art Therapist for 18 years. Through her Meetup.com website, “The Napa Creative Expression Group”, Emily teaches beginner painting and facilitates creative art process and artist support groups. Emily paints on silk, creates intense, high color florals in acrylic and watercolor, and does painterly abstracts, dreamy impressionistic landscapes, and still lifes that vibrate with excitement. Her work’s intent is to remind us of the powerful light energy forces that dance behind all objects in nature. One pivotal goal of her art making is to “uplift and transform the human spirit”. Currently Emily is a Board Member of the Napa Valley Art Association, an Arts Council Member, and is represented by online company RoRo Artworks (fine art greeting cards and prints by California artists). Emily recently (August 2012) sold four giclees of her artwork, “Hot Pink Fuchsia” to the Napa River Inn; the project is a collaboration between local businesses and Napa Valley artists.