marie bergman’s biography
I was born in Alberta then Shortly after, our family of five soon moved to Santa Clara, California. It was not until my early teens that we moved back to the Canadian prairies where we spent a number of years in southern Alberta. My travelling experiences brought me close with nature spending much of my time outdoors. One of the first paintings my parents bought back in 67 was “The Grand Tetons” by Robert Wood. I do believe that this painting was the start of a seed waiting to grow.
While working as a live in care aide in Saskatoon SK. around 2004 I began to take my self up on painting. I live with a disability after the result of an accident in the past, but this is turning out to become full- time adventure for me. It is a chance for me to do what I have always wanted in life – to be in touch with my creative side and explore the land that I walk on. (It was art and music I had taken in school).
In 2010 I began to study other artists, such as, Film Producer George Gallo, Stephen Quiller, and Richard Schmid”s ALLA PRIMA II , Katie Swatland’s book Companion, and John F. Carlson, and many others to numerous to mention.
I walk in my surroundings taking their knowledge with me, and try to apply it in my own way. Painting is learned by doing as George Gallo, and many other artists say.
The outdoors is something I have always loved, and the adventures of plein air painting is right my ally. I plan ahead so that my work will be thought of as a story – a poetry of the land where I take the viewer in. In the future I can create a book or memoir.
As a member of the Federation of Canadian artist of Vancouver and the Okanagan. I have been busy entering shows , (though in 2017 I took a break from the shows ) and this has given me an experience to build upon for other projects.
Now the editor of the Federation of Canadian Artists newsletter, and their facebook admin. page has accompanied my educational goals to further enhance my opportunities.