March Artists

Celeste Bergin & Quin Sweetman


Celeste Bergin grew up in Elgin, Illinois. As a young girl she was attracted to the landscape and expressive faces, filling her notebooks with sketches of the gentle rolling plains of the Midwest and with portraits of the people she knew.

After graduating from high school she attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Unfortunately some unexpected events interrupted her art education, but in 1976 she moved to Portland, Oregon and went back to college (Mt. Hood) to earn a degree in Graphic Design. She also attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

In 1978 Bergin began her 25-year career in Graphic Design and advertising, working for Robert Selby Design, Borders, Perrin & Norrander, Nike, and Wieden + Kennedy. In 2004 she began painting full- time and sought the company of like-minded people. She paints outdoors and directly from life.

Celeste has had workshops with Kenn Backhaus, Robert Gamblin, Eric Jacobsen and Ovanes Berberian. She is strongly influenced by Andy Warhol, Magritte and Wayne Thiebaud. Her work incorporates an appreciation for the beauty of nature and her preference for bold expression. She has exhibited her paintings in Galleries and non-profit arts organizations. Her work is also included in private collections throughout the United States.

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Artist Statement – “Life is full of beautiful moments and I strive to capture the vibrancy of those experiences on canvas. In my plein air, life drawing and studio compositions, I hope to convey the unique energy of a subject, whether it be human, landscape or building. Inspired by the great Impressionists and Expressionists, I focus on the abstract shapes and flow of line and color rather than a simple focal point.  I’d like people to see life and movement in my work; to feel a sense of being there.” Quin Sweetman’s painting has evolved in response to a wide array of influences including many talented Northwest painters. She grew up in Minneapolis, a middle child, always closely observing people and her surroundings, but didn’t pursue art seriously until 11 years ago when she took a job with a Portland art gallery.  Sweetman is now content to spend her days painting and drawing the abundant beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Sweetman’s most recent exhibition highlights include: “A Year in Paint,” Two-Woman show with Celeste Bergin, Broderick Gallery, Longview, WA; Alla Prima Portland: 1st Annual Invitational Show, 2014; Makers Dozen, Featured Artist, Peoples Art Gallery, Portland, OR, 2013; Maison des Artists, Lake Oswego, OR, 2013; and “Portland Jane Eyre Painters,” West Linn Public Library and Doll Gardner galleries, OR, 2013.

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