Herm Freeman with his landscape paintings on view during February at Westport Book Shop. / Contributed photo

WESTPORT — Herm Freeman’s paintings inspired by European landscapes are on display through February at the Westport Book Shop.

Freeman’s recent paintings are showcased in the artist-of-the-month exhibit at the store, 23 Jesup Road. A reception for the exhibit is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. To register to attend, call 203-349-5141 or email bookshop@westportbooksaleventures.org.

The artwork is influenced by Cezanne, Soutine and villages in the south of France. “These days, I’m not so sure where the villages I’m painting come from. In fact, that seems to be the point: let the paint go where it’s going … it leads and I follow where it goes,” Freeman said in a publicity release for the exhibit.

The artist studied painting at Queens College of the City University of New York, and earned a masters of fine arts in painting degree from Indiana University in 1971. He has taught art in Connecticut schools since 1973, and exhibited works throughout the Northeast and Europe for more than 40 years.

He was awarded “Best in Show” at Silvermine’s 51st Art of the Northeast USA Annual Exhibition, and in 2016, showed 20 years of his landscape paintings at the Westport Library.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Westport Book Shop website or call 203-349-5141.