The Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council presents the art of Jennifer Freeman through May 2 at Cabe Hall.

Freeman’s earliest connection to art was the 1960’s matchbook cover that advertised, “If you can draw this, you could be an artist!” At age seven, Freeman drew as much as possible because she wanted to be an “artist!” At 38, in midlife crisis, Freeman discovered the book ”The Artist’s Way.” It changed her life and re-connected Freeman to the passion she had buried underneath her professional career of 20 years.

Freeman started to seek out workshops and lessons wherever she could find them, and in doing so found the Arkansas Arts Center. It was there that she began working with Stephen Cefalo in figure and portrait, studying anatomy and life model painting. Freeman has since completed advanced studies at Studio Incammanati with Stephen Early and Darren Kinglsey (Direct Students of Nelson Shanks). She also attended Watts Atelier Boot Camp with Jeffery Watts at Watts Atelier of the Arts for 12 hour-a-day intensives and then followed him to a portrait study workshop in Encinitas, California. In addition, Freeman has worked with both Dan Gherhartz and Carolyn Anderson in Portraiture. She’s a member of the Quapaw Drawing Group in Little Rock working from life models weekly.

Gallery 221 in Little Rock, Ark., currently represents Freeman. She has successfully submitted 14 pieces to five juried exhibitions, with 13 accepted. Freeman received the Purchase Award in Batesville Area Arts Council’s 2014 National Juried Exhibition. People are her passion and she is intrigued by the quick gesture.