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Cathy Berse

New Smyrna Beach FL

Signature Member

©2012 Cathy Berse
Dune Daisies 8x10

©2012 Cathy Berse
Ready & Waiting 10x8

©2011 Cathy Berse
Hidden Treasure 10x20

I have a great love and respect for nature. I feel by painting it, I can share this love with others. Pissarro, one of my favorite impressionist, once said, "The task of an artist is to seek with our own senses the elements of what surrounds us." This quote sums it up for me. Painting outside the sky and land around me is the only way to capture the true light and feel for this beautiful place we call home.

I begin a piece by arriving at a location with a stretched gallery wrapped canvas, which has a golden base color. This will give my painting a warm undertone. I quickly scope out a scene to paint as the light changes by the minute. I want to capture the shadows cast by the sun. I take a deep breath and begin to enjoy the experience.

I am a 25 year resident of New Smyrna Beach Fl. I attended the University of Wisconsin, University of Tennessee and Milwaukee Area Technical College. In years past I have worked as a graphic designer, teacher and muralist. I have been seriously and exclusively painting Plein Air for the past 7 years.

I have taught art for Daytona Beach Community College, Artist Workshop, Inc. and Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House. I also for the past 9 years have run an Art Out Reach Program for New Smyrna Beach Middle School.

My work can be found in Public as well as private collections: City of New Smyrna Beach, Palmer Reifler and Assoc. of Orlando Florida, the White House in Washington D.C., the Sep/Oct 2012 cover of New Smyrna Magazine and many private homes.


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