Bernadette Decesare

Waldoboro, Maine
Bernadette de Cesare ARTIST I am a visionary artist, a visual storyteller where I am guided by my intuition. My art gives me joyful surprises as well as artistic discomfort Bernadette weaves symbolic imagery and mystical connections throughout her work. They emerge from a form of daydreams, where she reaches into her home life, people, animals, landscapes and metaphysical studies. The results at times vary from simple to complex, richly colorful and/or completely in the world of abstraction. They reflect her ever-changing choices where, as she says, the realm of the subconscious is part of the journey. She had mostly worked in oil and acrylic until about a decade ago. The discovery of the soft pastel medium has given her an extraordinary selection of colors seen through out her work. Born in Brooklyn N.Y., she grew up all around the New York City area. She has lived in Northern New Jersey, Baltimore Maryland, L.A. California, Port Jefferson L.I., and spent many summers on Cape Cod. These experiences, along with extensive travels around the U.S., Mexico, and Europe have all contributed to the stories and images in her work. Bernadette graduated from the Parsons School of Design into the kaleidoscopic New York art world of the 1960s and 1970s supporting herself as a Fashion Illustrator and Graphic Designer as her own art developed. Her training and appreciation of photography from her father, in her early years, mentor/photographer George Hester and her teacher at Parsons, Diane Arbus, gave her a strong foundation in her creative endeavors. Bernadette is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the oldest Pastel Society in the United States. She is a Signature member of the New Jersey Pastel Society, member of the Pastel Society of Maine, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and a new member of the Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada. Bernadette has been juried in for three years, In the Enduring Brilliance Exhibition, held at the Grand Gallery in the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park NYC. Her work has been published several times and received awards in the Pastel Journal Magazine 100 Competition. Her work will be in 2020 April edition. She is also included in the book Art Journey of Abstract Painting, A Celebration of Contemporary Art by Jamie Markle. There have been numerous awards and recognitions over the years through many art organizations and pastel societies. Her works are in private collections and galleries in New York, New Jersey and Maine. She moved to Maine in 2017 with her husband, artist Bob Morello. As she says…I am enjoying finding my way around Maines strong art community. It is a welcome challenge and living in coastal Maine is truly amazing. Contact: Spring/Summer 2021