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Deborah Berniklau
A Timeless Legacy 2016 Artist


Deborah Berniklau The Courtship
The Courtship
Deborah Berniklau
Oil on linen
30" x 24"

Deborah Berniklau
A Sudden Detour

Deborah Berniklau
12" x 16"

Deborah Berniklau
I'll Find Your Home

Deborah Berniklau
18" x 24"

The works above appear in the
2016 A Timeless Legacy
exhibit and sale.

Deborah Berniklau
Deborah Berniklau
hails from New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. Since a childhood filled with chalk drawings on her driveway, art has been the driving force of 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 world famous Burne Hogarth. After college she worked as an illustrator doing commissions for Disney, Warner Brothers, NASA and several advertising agencies around the country. She also studied privately with master artists Huihan Liu, Carolyn Anderson, Daniel Gerhartz, and Jeffrey Watts. Soon after, she fell in love with western themes and began to paint them with passion.

Berniklau’s style is an interpretation of a storytelling process that captures the essence of the Old West. She takes great pride in her execution of accurate anatomy in her people and horses. Berniklau uses her Andalusian horse, cowboys, and native 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.”

Berniklau’s early inspirations include Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, and Rockwell. As a classically trained artist, she is dedicated to following in the footsteps of the famous painters, capturing and preserving the time-treasured part of our heritage through vivid works of art.

Berniklau has recently come onto the National radar with published editorials and features in Western Art and Architecture, Southwest Art, and a forthcoming issue of Western Art Collector. As a proud member of Oil Painters of America, she won a 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. In 2016 her art will be exhibited in "A Timeless Legacy, Women Artists of Glacier National Park" at the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell, Montana. She also juried into the C.M. Russell Museum and auction March 17th - 19th 2016.

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

Berniklau currently resides in Castle Rock, Colorado.



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