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Deborah Berniklau
A Timeless Legacy 2017 Artist

 

Deborah Berniklau A Narrow Escape
A Narrow Escape
Deborah Berniklau
Oil on linen
24" x 36"
USD $7,900

Deborah Berniklau The Challenge
The Challenge
Deborah Berniklau
Oil on linen
24" x 18"
USD $4,500

 Deborah Berniklau Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
Deborah Berniklau
Oil on linen
9" x 12"
USD $1,600
SOLD

 Deborah Berniklau A Proud Leader
A Proud Leader
Deborah Berniklau
Graphite
7" x 5"
USD $1,000

 

The works above appear in the
2017 A Timeless Legacy
exhibit and sale.

Deborah Berniklau
Deborah Berniklau hails from New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. Since a childhood filled with chalk drawings on her driveway, art has been the driving force of her life. After noticing her special talent, her parents encouraged private lessons and her life’s mission soon took hold. Growing up as an artist, art school ultimately became her focus and goal. Deborah graduated with a BFA in illustration from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. There she studied privately with world famous Burne Hogarth. After college she worked as an illustrator doing commissions for Disney, Warner Brothers, NASA and several advertising agencies. She later studied privately with master artists Huihan Liu, Carolyn Anderson, Daniel Gerhartz, and Jeffrey Watts. Soon after, she fell in love with western themes and began to paint them with passion.

Deborah’s style is an interpretation of a storytelling process that captures the essence of her subjects. Within her western art, she strives to master the execution of accurate anatomy to bring her characters and horses to life. Her paintings diligently place those characters and horses in natural historical landscapes. Deborah uses her Andalusian horse, cowboys, and native models for accurate representations that breathe emotion into her paintings. “My main subject and goal is to try and reveal the 'Heart and Soul of the American West,'" she says. Deborah’s current signature piece, “A Narrow Escape,” (24”x 36”, Oil on Linen) was painted for the Hockaday Museum of Art. “A Narrow Escape” features a Blackfeet warrior scout barely escaping the oncoming Cavalry in 1870, in the area now known as Glacier National Park. The painting displays vivid atmosphere in its background while imposing mountains frame the characters in a loose pallet knife approach. Deborah says she aimed to capture the feeling of the West’s majestic grandeur.

Deborah’s early inspirations include Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, and Rockwell. As a classically trained artist, she is dedicated to following in the footsteps of the famous painters, capturing and preserving the time-treasured part of our heritage through vivid works of art. She has recently come onto the national radar with published editorials and features in Western Art and Architecture, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector magazines. Deborah is a proud member of National Portrait Society and Oil Painters of America. She won the Western Regional Gold Medal for Oil Painters of America for her painting “Patiently Waiting,” (16” x 20”, Oil). Her art has been showcased at the Western Masters in Great Falls, Montana, and the Heart of the West Show and Auction in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Last year she sold her painting “Reflective Wisdom” (30” x 24”, Oil) at the C.M. Russell Live auction. For the last five years, she has participated in the Weekend in the West Art Show and Sale, and participated in the Quick Draws at Evergreen Fine Art. Deborah is participating in A Timeless Legacy for the second time. 

She is currently represented by the Wildhorse Gallery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and has been a guest artist at the Saks Gallery in Denver, Colorado. She was also a resident painter for the International touring extravaganza Cavalia.

Deborah currently resides in Castle Rock, Colorado and travels extensively throughout the Western United States and abroad. Visit the artist's website.

 

 

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