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Deborah Berniklau
A Timeless Legacy 2019 Artist


Representative Works

Deborah Berniklau Captured Treasures
Captured Treasures
Deborah Berniklau
Oil on Linen
24" x 30"



Deborah Berniklau
Oil on Linen
22" x 28"


Deborah Berniklau TheSentinel

 The Sentinel, Waterton Lakes
Deborah Berniklau
Oil on Linen
10" x 12"


Deborah Berniklau TheFur Trappers

 Fur Trappers
Deborah Berniklau
Ball Point Pen
9" x 12"



Deborah Berniklau


Deborah Berniklau 

Deborah Berniklau hails from New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. She 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/JPL and several noteworthy advertising agencies throughout the US. After engaging in her fine art career, Berniklau studied privately with master artists, Huihan Liu, Carolyn Anderson, Daniel Gerhartz, and Jeffrey Watts. She then fell in love with western art, and began to paint stories of the west with passion. Berniklau’s style combines storytelling with character and emotion in order to capture the essence of the Old West. She takes great pride in her execution of accurate anatomy in her people, horses and landscapes.

Berniklau uses her Andalusian horse, real cowboys and Native American models for accurate representations that breathe life into her paintings. “My subject and goal is the "Heart and Soul of the American West” says Berniklau. As a classically trained artist, she is dedicated to following in the footsteps of the famous painters, capturing and preserving that time-treasured part of our heritage through vivid works of art.

Berniklau has published editorials and features in Western Art and Architecture, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector magazines. She is a proud member of both the Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America. Berniklau won the OPA Western Regional Gold Medal for her painting “Patiently Waiting” 16”x20” 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. Berniklau exhibited at the 2016 and 2017 “A Timeless Legacy, Women Artists of Glacier National Park” and in the A Timeless Legacy Peace Parks Exhibition and Sale 2018 at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana. Berniklau has sold at the C.M. Russell Live Auction. She also exhibited for five years at the Weekend in the West Exhibition and Quick Draw at Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen CO.

Berniklau has been represented by Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen Colorado , the Wildhorse Gallery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and has been a guest artist at the Saks Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Berniklau was also a resident painter
for the international touring extravaganza Cavalia. Berniklau recently moved from Colorado to Kalispell, Montana and travels extensively throughout the Western United States and abroad. 
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