Mary Bergherr

Mary Bergherr draws on her sense of spontaneity, love of color and personal symbols to create animated paintings on wood panels. The artist notes the influence of folk art on her current work. “I am continually drawn to folk artists for the freshness and lack of inhibition they exhibit,” she states. The painter’s favorite imagery includes dogs, birds, man-made shapes and the relationship between them. Recently, she began to incorporate portraiture into her compositions. “My paintings reveal themselves to me, often bringing out something within that I was not consciously aware of,” she explains. “This element of surprise and self-revelation is what keeps me wanting to paint.”

Mary, who maintains a studio in Minneapolis, was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1982. She was a professional illustrator for ad agencies and print publications for over 20 years. Since 2005, she has focused exclusively on creating fine art, showing her work at several Twin Cities’ venues and earning a spot in the juried Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. After renovating two old houses in the Duluth area, Mary began painting on old wood repurposed from those projects. “I like the idea that there is some history behind the paint,” she says. “It adds to the story.”

 

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