Bernie White Hatcher

Bernie has been painting and exhibiting her work for 50 years.  In that time her medium, content and style have not remained the same, though landscape is her primary source for inspiration. 

Over time perspectives change and we see things differently because we change and think differently.   At times that can be about something very significant and fundamental to us..  When I enlarged and deepened the parameters of how I defined landscape, new inspirations became evident.  

Within the landscape I saw beginnings, changes and adaptation, disturbances and competition. Destruction and decay were obvious, extinction, innovation and renewal --- a multitude of constructs were apparent.  All of this made me more intrinsically connected to landscape and the world around me. In order to communicate this, it became necessary to find a different visual language and my paintings transitioned.


Today some of my work is devoid of recognizable symbols, where as in others suggestions are present in the various shapes, colors and textures.  The challenge, or summons of these landscape inspired paintings, is to look longer, think deeper about the shapes, lines, and colors.  Notice the repetition, patterns and rhythms.  See and make new connections to the meaning of landscape.  Feel how it connects and how important it is to so many of our daily experiences.  We are in it, and it in us. 



Selected Exhibits

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library,
  Spfld., IL  2017
Along the Water, M. G. Nelson Gallery,
  Spfld., IL  2015

Appearances, Springfield, IL 2021

Buchanan Center for the Arts,
  Monmouth, IL  2012
Cedarhurst Art Center Biennials,
  Mt. Vernon, IL 2009 - 2013 - 2021

Chatham Library, Chatham, IL. – 2019

Componere Gallery,  St. Louis, MO 2000 -2021
David Strawn Art Gallery, Jacksonville, IL 2017

DIM Art Gallery, Springfield, IL  2020
Domont Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 2008

Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN 2008

Gallery II — Paper Works, Spfld., IL 2011
H.D. Smith Gallery, Featured Artist,
  Spfld., IL 2017

Illinois State Fair Invitational,
  Spfld., IL 2004 -2021

Illinois Artisan Shop, Chicago, IL 2011
Lakeview Museum “Inspired by Illinois,”
  Peoria, IL 2002
LLCC Founder’s Day Exhibit, Spfld., IL  2007
Anne Lloyd Gallery, Decatur IL 2009 - 2013
Obed & Isaac, Spfld, IL. 2022

Old State Capitol Art Fair,
  Spfld., IL 1985 - 2008
Placitas Café, Placitas, NM   2019 - 2022

Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space,
  Spfld., IL 2014-2022
Prairie Art Alliance, Spfld., IL  1998 -2013
SAA Collective, Spfld., IL 2014 – 2021

Sangamo Club, Spfld., IL 2008

Shrode Art Center,  Mt. Vernon, IL 2021
Southern Illinois Artisan Center,
  Whitington, IL 2000 -2014
Speaking of Decay, M.G. Nelson Gallery,
  Spfld., IL  2017
State Street Gallery, Chicago, IL  2014

Tarble Art Center, Charleston, IL  2002
Title Company, Decatur, IL  2012
Venue 1929, Spfld., IL  2019
Wright House, Chicago, IL  2019 - 2021



American Heart Association, Springfield, IL
Bank One West, Springfield, IL
Booth Library, Eastern Illinois Univ., Charleston, IL
Brookens Library, UIS, Springfield,  IL
Baylis Building, Springfield, IL
Capitol City Center, Springfield, IL
Centrill Media Corp., Hdqrts. Placitas, NM
City of Springfield, Mayor’s Office, Spfld, IL

Eastern IL Univ. Tarble Art Center, Charleston, IL.

First of America Bank, Springfield, IL

H&S Builders, Inc., Springfield, IL.

Hickory Point Bank & Trust, Springfield, IL
Illinois National Bank, Springfield, IL.
Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville, IL
Levy, Ray & Shoup, Inc., Springfield, IL.
Lincoln Land Community College, Spfld, IL

McKinsey & Company, St. Louis, MO.

MOCAP Group, St. Louis, MO.
T.J. Nicoud & Co., Springfield, IL
Sorling, Northrup, Hanna, Cullen & Cochran, Spfld, IL

Springfield Area Arts Council, Springfield, IL

Work is also represented in hundreds of private collections throughout the Mid and Southwest.