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Deborah Bertola - Abstracts - Still Life - Landscapes
mid-1990 Deborah left a corporate career in strategic planning to work as a full
Her private and group events include: a Retrospective at the Throckmorton Theatre, the NIOCON Designer Show Chicago; Sausalito Women’s Clubs Salon, 2001 and 2005; MarinScapes (annually) (Kentfield, CA); the Redding Museum of Art and History, Falkirk Gallery, San Rafael, CA; The Design Show – Las Vegas; the Bolinas Museum (mini-show) and SFMOMA Artists Gallery. She exhibits in galleries in California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Tennessee.
I began as a traditional plein air painter and continue with my great love of this genre. My strength and natural gift is in my use of color and I find this talent most satisfying and always evolving. I also have a lifelong love of nature, and have become an astute observer. In the last few years I have painted in New Mexico, Italy, and France.
My farm animal portraits represent another important area of endeavor. Animals are chosen for their individuality of expression. I photograph each of them and then use the photos to paint in my studio. I am deeply interested in the value of connection between humans and animals and explore this theme in these paintings.
Finally, in recent months I have been painting abstractions almost exclusively. The change was surprisingly abrupt and seemed connected to two accidents in which I was involved resulting in significant, (though temporary) physical limitations. This has been an interesting phase for me. The quality of the painting experience has changed markedly; my intellect is far less involved and I am in a space that I have not previously experienced. I seem to know things that I did not know I knew; the painting comes without my interruption.
I am trying to figure out what might connect all of these works made over the last ten years. I think it is my personal take on color that is always present. And interestingly, this is the one thing about my art and craft that I did not have to learn from others.
As I slowly return to my usual eclectic approach to subject matter, I find that in all of my work I am more confident, and less governed by the left hand side of my brain.
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