Paulette Berner in the Sieg Gallery
Artist Statement: My passion for painting began after my husband and I retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2003. I had never painted before and wanted to try as many media as I could. I loved them all: watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel.
One Christmas, I received an iPad and that opened a new world of painting--digital. All I needed was my stylus and my iPad and I could be spontaneous and create the images in my mind immediately. I could capture an imaginative floral scene before it was gone.
The spontaneity of digital painting has influenced the painting I do in other media. It has given me a free and loose perspective in my brush strokes and has taken away the fear of failure. It has strengthened the imaginative process of allowing the canvas and paint to speak for itself. A flower, a still life and a landscape suddenly become what my imagination dictates. I never know what it will be until I am finished. Most of the time I am surprised by the result. It has become a wonderful journey and a never-ending adventure.
Bio: Paulette L. Berner lives in Benner Township and is a docent at the Bellefonte Art Museum. She is a native of West Hazleton. She has a BS degree in Family Studies and an M.Ed degree in Counselor Education. Both from Penn State. Before retiring she was an academic adviser at Penn State.
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Deena Ultman in the Sieg Gallery
As a child, I always loved to draw and was encouraged by my dear cousin who is an artist in New York. But when I graduated from high school, I was torn between my love of art and my love of math. At the University of Delaware , my decision was to major in math. In my "first" professional life (I have had many), I became a high school math teacher.
Along with my husband, Jim, we moved to State College in 1970, where we raised three daughters, all of whom are very creative women. My job experiences along the way include a baking business; being the school director for many years at Congregation Brit Shalom; and ultimately, becoming the Assistant Director of Administration at the Hillel Foundation at Penn State. When I retired from a 10-year career at Hillel, I summoned up the courage to take an art class.
Although my early experiences and comfort zone in art were drawing in a realistic manner, I began to evolve when taking an abstract acrylic course taught by a wonderful artist, Isabel Kumerz. It was a mind-opening experience and although I find it a great stretch for me, I enjoy the process and the creative women with whom I paint.
Much of my work is connected by my choice of bright colors and by the concrete images from still life compositions or places I have traveled, drawn into my abstract painting.
The materials I use consist mostly of acrylic paints on canvas or paper but I also like using charcoal, water- soluble crayons and watercolors. Quite often, I collage onto my painting with objects that are meaningful to me--a souvenir from travels abroad or a flower from one of my plants, etc. My works are often textured with layers of acrylic &/or paper.
My process of abstract painting revolves around the techniques I have learned from my teachers over
these past nine years. These techniques are a good way for me to "get started." I have fun doing abstract/semi-representational painting.
The support from family and friends to explore my creative side, along with my inner voice to create, have been my impetus to continue.
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