Catherine Marie Bergman has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida, were she ist born and raise. She started her career as an abstract expressionist and now mixes that with intuitive and channelled artwork.
How did you get into art?
I’ve always been a rather intuitive and free-spirited person in regards to my art - I had an urge to paint and be creative, so I did. From the very beginning, I was interested in painting what came from my heart. I wanted to create artworks without outside influence being imposed upon them. This usually manifested works of art that were within the genre of Abstract Expressionism.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
I enjoy creating artworks about which I have no preconceived ideas. Although I do have a color palette that I gravitate to, the colors I pick seem like they pick themselves. My process is free flowing, and I essentially let go of control and allow my hand to create. I work within the moment at hand, and it’s always a joy to see the end results. I also like to create digital artworks by layering my paintings, and I use parts of my photographs, as well.
How do you go about developing your work?
Nature, writing, and drawing all help in the development of my work. I like to work outside, when the weather allows, because the sounds and energy of nature spark my creativity. Otherwise, I will paint wherever I am at the moment. Additionally, I always give thanks prior to creating all my art, and I will draw on the back of the canvas first. Sometimes, I’ll write poetry based on the artwork, which I put on the back or on the piece itself.
Who or what influences you?
I love seeing artworks from younger kids and from Artists who share their passion for art. I do find influence from Nature, in that I’m moved to create from the emotional connection I feel. I also turn to books for inspiration. For example, I like to look at Folk Art, illustrations in children’s books, and I like to read Autobiographies. I do have one art book that I’ve owned for over 20 years, and I still love to look through called The Spirituality in Art.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
I am going to publish a book that has both my writing and artworks in it called The Master’s Journal - Messages & Guidance for Awakening Your Soul. Also, I plan to explore new ways to create artworks that inspire and uplift the viewer.