Craig Freeman Gallery

The Founder and President of Northwest College of Art & Design, Craig Freeman’s intention as an artist is to ” uplift the human spirit.”

In 1982 Craig founded Northwest College Of Art & Design (NCAD), west of Seattle, in a beautiful water front community of Poulsbo, Washington. Today NCAD is surrounded by a nearly 30 acre campus — once the private estate of a wealthy textile mill owner in Glasgow Scotland. The campus includes a completely restored Manor House, 2 buildings designed and built with the artist in mind, and gardens all with a view of Liberty Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The faculty and staff are focused on the NCAD philosophy that “Art is a Business.”

Craig is not only the founder and president of NCAD but is a national speaker on the arts, visiting high schools throughout the US to inspiring young emerging artist and the youth to follow their passions in the arts.

Craig also has founded the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest — a non profit organization supporting the arts in the northwest, Atelier Arts Supply, The Freeman Gallery, Co-Founder of West Sound Academy in Poulsbo – a private not for profit High School / Junior High with emphasis on the arts on their own 20 acre campus. He has served on the board of directors for Washington State Vocational Education, elected twice as President of ICDS — International Council of Design Schools and is an advisor to IMC-Island Music Center on Bainbridge Island Washington.

After raising three children, Minna, Matti and Mikko with his wife Ulla from Finland, Craig now lives in Kauai, Hawaii keeping an active painting schedule. Continuing as president of Northwest College Of Art & Design and leading his unique award winning college of art to the next level with new art programs supporting current market demands. He is invited to lecture throughout the US, judge community art exhibits and is an active Plein Air painter with a studio in Hawaii. You will usually find Craig out in the field painting water genre, landscapes and portraits. Favorite Plein Air painting places – Hawaii, Northwest, California, Spain, Lake Como, Tuscany, Cirque Terre and Florence Italy.

Craig’s intent is to leave this place better than he found it and to promote “beauty and positivity.”

To find out more about Craig and to see more of the his work, please visit

Craig is represented by the Amy Laurens Gallery at