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American self-taught artist, Jody Bergsma has a diverse painting style that developed over many years and literally thousands of paintings. Her engineering degree is reflected in her compositions and demonstrates Jody's love of maths and geometry, seemlesly blending these elements with her imaginative inner visions to create a unique style. Her ongoing studies introduced her to many ancient cultures and the beauty of their designs.
How long have you been illustrating and what made you start?
The artistic and imaginative energies flowed early for me. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil and the encouragement from family was an additional inspiration. I experienced intense dreams as a child and my mother asked me to draw them - that was the Y in the road. Imagination versus reality became the theme.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I was raised the daughter of a bush pilot in the green, rainy and isolated Northwest of America. The nature and pristine beauty that surrounded me became the basis for the work.
Where is your favourite place to illustrate?
The San Juan Islands is my favourite natural location.
What are your illustrating/colouring material essentials?
I use all kinds of painting mediums. Watercolor, Acrylic, oils and foil.
What’s the piece of work that you’re most proud of or enjoyed doing the most?
My Native work is inspired and I always feel the presence of the historical culture when I create them. Often they appear in dreams first.