BESSE abstract expressionism

About besse

Besse is the signature name on paintings by artist Emily Ann Mosey Freiman of Napa California. "My abstract expressionism work is constantly evolving and growing. Texture, layers and creating depth are signature to my work. I'm pleased when a viewer feels surprise,  pleasure or recognition while looking at my works, discovering personal meaning for themselves. I have a mentor relationship with abstract artist extraordinaire Anne Leveque, ongoing since 2017. She opened me up to the numinous world of  tuning in and receiving energetic impulses from a place of empty stillness."



I've been interested in creating art, which is surely a subjective version of the world as I see it-since a child, and have studied it my entire life, in various forms. Making meaningful marks on paper became an extension of who I was.
I received-through study of the history, traditions, and principles of the classical fine arts-a solid basic training from Paier College of Art in Connecticut during the early 1970s, while majoring in illustration. The world of art I was exposed to, in school, was hugely competitive, and I faltered with my sense of self, place and security. 
In conjunction with leaving the east coast, settling in California, marriage and motherhood, I continued to express my creative urges, finding support in Chinese brush painting and textile design, applying it to home textiles and clothing.


Art as a therapeutic tool for creativity, discovery and healing came later, as I earned an MA in Art Therapy in 1994. Following an intense career working as Art Therapist and instructor/teacher for 15 years at several institutions, I retired at age 59. 

In 2010 I joined the Art Association Napa Valley community-became a board member-and eventually accepted the position of President in 2014, honing leadership skills and instructing in several artistic mediums. I continue to hold office as Vice President and Palette Newsletter Editor. I am also board Member at Large for Napa Valley Writers.

The work you see here on this site represents my venture into the world of abstract expressionist painting, a step sideways from the style of representational/realistic art in which I have been steeped, and what I was trained in.since 2017, I have continued to work under the mentorship of Anne Leveque, international abstract expressionistic painter who resides in California.m,Over time I recognized that utilizing the same solid concepts I had been taught-line, form, color, shape, value, texture, space-was the key to a balanced, pleasing successful work of abstraction. 


BessE--Emily Ann Mosey Freiman