I’m Bernadette.

I create art because I need to manifest my ideas in a physical way. I want to put something in front of you that brings you inspiration and reminds you to take notice of the less obvious aspects of life. As an artist, I offer you what is possible.

I have arrived where I am by asking “What If”? Perception and sensitivity are my super powers. I thrive on exploring possibilities and experiencing new things. Answering “What if?” delights me as I explore art materials and create new work. It is magical how one expression leads to the next.

In my paintings I am led by the energy of color and how shapes relate to each other. I also find that texture evokes emotion and our other senses. My artwork is abstract and includes a combination of muted and vivid colors as in Recollections. I sometimes create series’ that include stylized symbolism like the series Portals.

I am a studio painter who begins by applying a variety of marks and colors to my surface creating visual chaos. Then over hours, days, or weeks, I create order from the chaos. I am influenced by the abstract expressionist painters of the New York School.

What is the art about?

My art process is about curiosity.

Answering the little questions like what if I put that sofa over there to the big questions like what if I change my response to a situation is what guides me. I use the same process when I approach a painting.

Water is essential…..

Born under the water sign Cancer, under a full moon pulling at the tides, and beside the ocean in New York I spent my formative years waiting to play by the sea. Now I live in landlocked Colorado, but on the lake where I recharge between painting and living.

My life feeds my creativity and my creativity feeds my life.

In my everyday life I am filled up by paying attention to the smallest things in nature like what a breeze feels like against my skin, the movement of water, and how the color of the trees look against the backdrop of the sky.

…..And so are art supplies.

I am a mixed media artist who uses ALL THE STUFF in my paintings. More materials means more possibilities. Multiple layers of acrylic paint, house paint, charcoal, art crayons, oil pastels, acrylic inks, and pencils are some of my favorite materials.

In Action

I exhibit work.

I very much enjoy creating series for exhibition. Working in a series allows me to take an idea to it’s full potential. My paintings have been represented by Galeria Azur, Madrid Spain, listed on Artsy and Artsper, and exhibited in local juried exhibits.

I am building my own collection of original art from real living artists.

I love to collect work from other artists that moves and excites me. If I connect with an artist I follow them on social media and look for opportunities to view and potentially purchase something. When I sell work, I look for something to buy from another artist in turn.

I sell wearable art too.

I work with LeGaleriste a high end womens clothing manufacturer in Montreal, Canada. My original art is put on one product at a time using a special sublimation process that creates optimal color on high quality fabrics.

“We have a few original pieces from Bernadette Youngquist in our home. We originally went to her for a pop of life and color in our entryway, but also fell in love with one for our dining room. For our entry she helped custom frame a set of paintings and they are perfect. Our dining room art was one I saw on social media and was drawn to, and when I saw it in person I knew it was ours. It brought so much positive energy to the room.”đź’— -Abbey Boeding

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I sell paintings.

My work is available here to purchase from me directly and safely through PayPal. You will find more information on the Contact and FAQ page. Of course, all of the work I make does not get posted. I am happy to start a dialogue and talk about other projects.

I invite possibilities.

If you are someone who has a project you think I might be interested in please don’t hesitate to ask, arrange a studio visit, or talk to me about artwork. Use the contact email below.

Let’s explore the possibilities.