Celeste Bergin grew up in the Elgin, Illinois. As a young girl she was attracted to the landscape and expressive faces, filling her notebooks with sketches of the gentle rolling plains of the Midwest and with portraits of the people she knew.
After graduating from high school she attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Unfortunately some unexpected events interrupted her art education. She moved to Florida and worked for 7 years in an un-related field. By 1976 she moved to Portland, Oregon and she went back to college (Mt. Hood) to earn a degree in Graphic Design. She also attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 1978 she began her 25 year career in Graphic Design and advertising, working for Robert Selby Design, Borders, Perrin, Norrander, Nike and Wieden and Kennedy.
In 2003 she began painting full time and sought the company
of like-minded people. She started painting outdoors and directly from
life. She has had workshops with Kitty Wallis, Kenn Backhaus, Robert Gamblin
and Eric Jacobsen. She is strongly influenced by Andy Warhol, Magritte
and Wayne Thiebaud. Her work incorporates an appreciation for the beauty
of nature and her preference for bold expression. She has exhibited her
paintings in Galleries and non-profit arts organizations. Her work is
included in private collections throughout the United States.
(Left, middle, right) Oil on canvas
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