Ariel Freeman is artist and teacher who lives and paints in northern Virginia.  Ariel works in watercolor and pastel, images of life her passion. She sees art as an opportunity to convey the beauty in everyday life, moments often overlooked.  Exhibiting daily at Art First Gallery Fredericksburg VA.


“Mine is probably a usual story.  There was no formal art education, no particular message to express, but as a child, I found a place of peace in creativity.  I drew, I painted, I made things.


My life took me in many directions, none in art.  But everywhere I looked I would see paintings.  Someday I would paint them, I told myself.  Then ‘someday’ came about 10 years ago.  I was a new mother and an Air Force flight nurse, flying air evacuation missions.  I needed a place of quiet and solitude, so I took a watercolor class at a local community college…and the paintings would just flow.


I paint in watercolor and pastel, subjects vary. I am amazed how we can experience the same moments day in and day out and not really ‘see’ them, their simple beauty.  As artists we spend so much energy searching for that ‘beautiful’ composition, subject, landscape…and then sometimes (as often is the case for me)…it finds us”.

Select exhibits and publications


2015 “Art and Poetry”, Waterstreet Studio Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA

2014 ‘Pastel Unleashed’, Maryland Pastel Society, The Mansion at the Strathmore, MD

2013 ‘A Sense of Place’, The Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD

2012 National Institute of Health Galleries, Bethesda, MD

2012 ‘Featured’, The Workhouse Vulcan Gallery, Lorton, VA

2011 ‘Views of the Landscape’, Kybecca, Fredericksburg, VA


2010 ’21 over 31’ Top 50, Southwest Art Magazine

2010 ‘AIDP Designer’s Choice’, The Workhouse Vulcan Gallery, Lorton, VA

2010 First Place: ‘Uniquely Fredericksburg: Pastel & Drawing’, VA

2010 First Place: ‘Feast for the Eyes’, Liberty Town Arts, Fredericksburg, VA

2010 ‘New Works’, Kybecca, Fredericksburg, VA

2010 ‘Art’s Healing Journey’, Mary Washington Hospice, Exhibit Coordinator


2009 ‘Best of America Pastel’, Publication

2009 ‘Best of Collector’s Showcase’, The Lorton Arts Foundation

2009 ‘Shades of Pastel’, MPS National Juried Exhibit, The Mansion at Strathmore, MD

2009 ’10,000 People Project’, ArtHouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2009 Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2009 ‘New Work Two Women Show’, Bistro Bethem, Fredericksburg, VA

2009 ‘Creative Spark’, The Pastel Journal

2009 ‘Wildlife’, Irving Arts Association, Irving, TX


2008 Best in Show: Bowling Green Fine Art Exhibit, VA

2008 Second Place: ‘Child’s Eye View’, Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, VA

2008 ‘5X5(5)’, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

2008 Canton Merchant Gallery, Manassas, VA

2008 ‘Women’s Health Virginia’ Richmond, VA

2008 ‘Point of Connection’, Liberty Town Arts, Fredericksburg, VA

2008 ‘Anticipating Spring’, Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts


2007 Second Place Watercolor: Fredericksburg Fine Art Exhibit, VA

2007 Third Place Watercolor and Mixed Media: ‘Uniquely Stafford’, VA