PRNSA Field Institute Instructor

James Freed, a skilled draftsman and painter, also has a background in architectural design. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He returned to southern California to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After earning a BFA in Art Center's Illustration program in 1992, he worked as an artist and animator in the software industry for several years before switching to exhibit design. He currently runs his own exhibit design firm and teaches and paints.

“I'm interested in how people interact with the landscape through the built environment. My work tends to show landscapes with evidence of human interaction, buildings, boats, vehicles, and the like, but not so much the people themselves. The amazing way that light plays on the form of structures has always fascinated me. I like how our structures change over time, how they weather, and how buildings are affected by their environment. They are metaphors for human life.”

James teaches drawing and design to both graduate and undergraduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has been an adjunct professor since 1995. He also works with students through drawing and painting workshops that he offers through his website. James loves drawing and painting, especially outdoors, and is an avid hiker, swimmer, cyclist, and climber. He recently earned a masters degree in Education from Sonoma State University.



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an aerial view of the Point Reyes headlands with a green-topped bluffs overlooking the ocean.