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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 as we are altered by new viewpoints and attitudes.   At times these shifts can be related to something significant and fundamental to us.  For me, I enlarged and deepen the parameters of how I defined landscape, and with that new ideas and inspiration became evident.  Within the landscape I saw beginnings, changes and adaptation, disturbances and competition. Destruction and decay were obvious, followed by extinction, innovation and renewal --- a multitude of constructs became apparent.  All of this made me more intrinsically connected to the landscape and the environment.  In order to communicate this, it became necessary to find a different visual language and therefore my painting style transitioned."


Today some of Bernie's work is devoid of recognizable symbols, where as in others suggestions are present in various shapes, colors and textures.  The challenge or summons of these landscape inspired paintings, is to look longer and think deeper about the elements presented in her work.  Notice the color, repetition, patterns and rhythms.  Feel and experience the effects of these on and in you, and note how this affects your interpretation and meaning of landscape. 


" Landscape is where we daily reside. It is all encompassing.  Its influences are vital to each of us.  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

Contemporay Art Center, Peoria, IL -2023
Cedarhurst Art Center Biennials,
  Mt. Vernon, IL 2009 - 2013 - 2021 - 2023

Chatham Library, Chatham, IL. – 2019

Componere Gallery,  St. Louis, MO 2000 -2023
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

No Place to Show, Spfld. Il. 2022 
Obed & Isaac, Spfld, IL. 2022 - 2023

Old State Capitol Art Fair,
  Spfld., IL 1985 - 2008

Placitas Café, Placitas, NM   2019 - 2022

Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space,
  Spfld., IL 2014-2023
Prairie Art Alliance, Spfld., IL  1998 -2013
SAA Collective, Spfld., IL 2014 – 2023

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 - 2022



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.



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