About the work process.
I am a mixed media 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 and try to communicate a resolution or clear statement. Finally, I add multiple finishing layers for depth and further interest. I am influenced and inspired by the American abstract expressionist painters.
I create art in order to process my feelings and ideas in a physical way. I want to create something that brings you inspiration and reminds you to take notice of the less obvious aspects of life. As an artist, I ask you to contemplate the many possibilities that are ours for the choosing.
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 to communicate emotion. I find that texture also evokes emotion and creates mystery. My artwork is abstract and bold. Sometimes, I include stylized symbolism.
A little about me.
I am guided by taking risks and answering inquiries. I use the same process when I approach a painting. I often have to sacrifice one idea I am attached to in order to discover and adapt to a new possibility. Each body of work elicits a different conception of thoughts and provides answers along the way.
Water is essential…..
Born under the water sign Cancer under a full moon pulling at the tides of the ocean in coastal New York I spent my formative years playing in the ocean. Now I live in landlocked Colorado with my family and it is a lake where I recharge between painting and living. Water naturally attracts an abundance of life in all forms. Gliding on a paddle board provides peace and contentment.
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. I am currently raising a puppy and she is an amazing example of how to observe life in a simple and fresh way. Likewise, making art and being immersed in the process transfers to how I observe the world around me.
…..I love ALL the 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.
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 artwork.
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 design wearable art.
I work with Le Galeriste a high end women’s 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.” -Abbey Boeding
I sell paintings.
My work is available here to purchase from me directly and safely through PayPal. Simply contact me about the work you are interested in. You will find more information on the Contact and FAQ page. Of course, all of the work I make does not get posted. You can also find available work at 3 Square Art Gallery, Artsy, and Artsper. I am happy to start a dialogue and talk about other projects.