Jeannine Berscheid is an accomplished Canadian artist known for her unique artistic vision and talent. Born in Saskatchewan, Berscheid began painting almost daily in 2010 after retiring, and has since become a sought-after artist with a loyal following. With a background in the arts from the 1970s, Berscheid's artistic journey is marked by a lifelong passion for creativity and self-expression.
Berscheid's work is characterized by a fusion of realism and abstraction, with a touch of fantasy. She finds inspiration in the act of painting itself, and describes herself as a realist with a touch of abstract.
She has a unique painting process for pieces with a poured background: she pours first, lets it dry for a week, then sketches ideas on a tablet before finally translating a version onto canvas. Her regular one-layer art keeps evolving, with Berscheid continually trying new materials and ideas.
Currently, Berscheid is working on an exciting new project that involves increasing the abstraction of trees using ungessoed canvas and a special soak and stain technique using flow release.
One of the best pieces of advice Berscheid has been given is to create her own painting world where she decides what things will look like. This ethos is evident in her work, which is typically identifiable, but with an element of fantasy.
For Berscheid, success as an artist is defined by her willingness to try new techniques and be innovative. She is committed to pushing the boundaries of her craft and creating work that is truly her own. With her dedication to her art and her unique vision, Jeannine Berscheid is an artist to watch in the Canadian art scene.
To view more of Jeannine's art visit her on Instagram @createdbyjeannine
Jeannine, how has your art helped you cope during a difficult time in your life?
"Art has been a significant source of comfort and support during a challenging period in my life, especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an artist with a scientific background, I was well aware of the health implications of the virus and became increasingly concerned about both its short and long-term effects. My art provided me with a welcome escape from the world and a safe haven during a time of reduced human interaction.
My studio became a sanctuary where I could experiment, try new things, and push my boundaries. I found myself exploring new paths and developing new series, including a whimsical Fairyland series of houses that allowed me to create a world of my own. This has resulted in a newfound confidence in my skills and a willingness to try new things. As a result, I have moved on to larger sizes and developed a more experimental approach, which has been recognized with an award in a juried art show.
This creative freedom also allowed me to try and fail without repercussions, which was incredibly liberating and gave me the confidence to make changes in other areas of my life."