Paula Freeman

I recently moved to Galveston Island after living in Houston for over 30 years. Although I had “day jobs” practicing law and doing real estate asset management, my real passion is art. I have rooms full of art supplies – colored pencils, watercolor pencils, drawing pencils, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, block printing ink, reams of art paper, stamps – the mailing kind, enough to wallpaper a room – and rubber stamps and ink pads, oil pastels, crayons, glitter, paint brushes, sponges, ink and ink pens with various nibs, tape, glue, scraps of anything and everything – rusty nails, wires, buttons, glass – not to mention canvases of all shapes and sizes. I like to use many layers, incorporating a variety of mediums. I also like to use words…did I mention the drawer full of words and quotes and snippets of thought?
It started with an invitation to a Valentines Day card making party, where I incorporated a postage stamp on a card. From there, I started collaging cards – working in a small space with a small canvas. Graduating to a 5″ x 7″ was huge! I amassed an inventory of over 500 cards and a like number of 5″ x 7″ collages, all of which used a cancelled stamp (hence the stamp collection). When time permitted, I took art classes from the Glassell in Houston -where I had to work even bigger!
I am also extremely fortunate to know two well-respected artists – Polly Hammett and Virginia Cobb, sisters who traveled the country teaching workshops. I spent many hours with Polly and Virginia, “playing” with art supplies and ideas, while absorbing as much as possible. Now that I have more free time, I’ve branched out from my card-making start, and now use a mix of everything to complete a project. Taking a hint from my friends, I focus on themes, currently whimsical houses loosely based on those around the island. I like to experiment with new techniques and ideas and continue to take classes locally.
I appreciate the opportunity to be part of this new and exciting From the Heart Gallery, as my heart can certainly be found in art!

  • Paula Freeman