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Deborah Berniklau
A Timeless Legacy 2019 Artist



2019 Works


Spring Expedition
Deborah Berniklau
Oil on Linen
20" x 30"








Deborah Berniklau


Deborah Berniklau 


Deborah Berniklau hails from New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. Since a childhood that began with chalk drawings on her driveway, art has been the driving force in her life. After noticing her special talent, her parents encouraged private lessons and her life’s mission soon took hold. Berniklau later graduated with a BFA in illustration from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. There she studied privately with the world famous Burne Hogarth.

After college, she worked as an illustrator doing commissions for Disney, Warner Brothers, NASA and several noteworthy advertising agencies. 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.”I’m a Western girl through and through and it’s important that the love of the West is portrayed in my paintings.”

Deborah’s early inspirations include John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla, and Norman Rockwell. 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 has participated in the 2016, 2017, A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park and the Peace Park 2018 show" at the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell, Montana. Last year, she participated in the Summer Art Social 2018- Whitefish Community Foundation Live Auction. Berniklau has also sold work in the C.M. Russell Live auction.  She has exhibited for five years at the “Weekend in the West” Exhibition and she participated in the Quick Draws” at Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen, Colorado. 

2019 shows include the 37th Annual 2019 American Miniatures show at Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, AZ; Out West Art Show and Sale in Great Falls, MT; and A Timeless Legacy: Women of Glacier National Park in Kalispell, MT.

Berniklau has been represented by Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen, Colorado, the Wildhorse Gallery in Steamboat Springs, CO, and a guest artist at the Saks Gallery in Denver, CO. She was also a resident painter for the touring extravaganza Cavalia.


Berniklau recently moved to Bigfork, Montana and travels extensively throughout the Western United States and abroad.  Deborah is currently represented at Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish, MT.


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