John "Jack" H. Freeman, 75, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, California after losing a final battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of San Francisco; stepdaughter, Anna Waclawiczek, and husband, Michael, of Boston, Massachusetts; brother, Robby Freeman, and wife, Nancy, of Atlanta, Georgia; and sister, Lane Autrey, and husband, Gill, of Apalachicola. He is also survived by an entertaining number of nieces and nephews scattered around the country.
Jack was born July 27, 1938 in Richmond, Virginia to John "Hickey" Freeman and Neville Freeman and raised in Atlanta. He studied art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and later in Salzburg, Austria under the tutelage of Oscar Kokoschka. He received his master’s degree at the San Francisco Art Institute. Jack was an accomplished painter in the Bay Area whose work spans 50 years and is owned by friends and collectors worldwide. He traveled often to Europe with his wife to tour and paint. He is most noted for his impressionistic landscapes, cityscapes and most recently his primary-colored "FAR Out Fauve" paintings.
He enjoyed cooking, wine and music very much, but it was most obvious that more than those he preferred being outside painting the colors he loved so much. This was his passion each day whether he was alone with his easel or discussing his impressions with others at a show or having coffee. Jack said several times: "There are no lines in nature, only the relation of light and dark".
For the last nine years, he played the "bones and spoons" with Slim Fatz at the October Blues Festival, as well as other venues. He loved Apalachicola and came as often as possible.
His sister Lane Autrey observed, “If possible, I believe he would have moved here. He was reading everything he could find about this area.”
Gill Autrey said, "At least now all of San Francisco won't have to continue to hear about Apalachicola.”
A memorial gathering is planned for Saturday, July 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Café International, 509 Haight Street, San Francisco. His ashes will be spread in the Apalachicola Bay from Gill Autrey’s boat “Lily” in the fall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jack's name to SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services), an independent nonprofit consisting of a network of six cultural centers. Visit SOMArts.org or please make the check payable to SOMArts and mail to: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103