Corene Bernatz
  Landscape Artist
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Artist  Statement

I have had a life long interest in the visual arts, stimulated, I am sure, by the beautiful paintings, wood-carvings, and sculptures displayed in my gandparents’ home which were executed by my grandfather—a Swedish immigrant and Lutheran minister. 

In my young years I often found pleasure in drawing a subject that had caught my attention, and spent many hours in such pursuits.  This interest remained with me as my education developed in the biologic sciences, culminating in the nursing profession.  My energies were diverted for several years with working and raising a family of four, but I was able to again concentrate on developing my skills in drawing and painting.  I have taken an occasional painting class or workshop, but am basically a self-taught artist. 

I have spent the greater part of my life in the heartland of this country, and my love for it permeates a major part of my work.  Although I sometimes work with the human form, the landscape remains a major fascination.  Varied colors at a time of day, the compostion of a view, the interplay of dark and light, the dynamics of color, or the mood and atmostphere of a certain place will arouse in me an artistic response and interpretation.

Corene’s work is exhibited in several Minnesota galleries, and her work is included in many private collections across the country. 

Exhibits include
Rochester Community and Technical College–Rochester, Mn  
Rochester Civic Theater, Rochester, Mn.
Luther College–Decorah, Ia.
Hastings College, Hastings, Ne.
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Mn.
American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Mn.
Plainview Art Center, Plainview, Mn.
St. Mary’s College, Winona, Mn.
Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota, Mn.
Siheung City, South Korea.