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PJ’s artwork praised by peers

I'm honored to be the featured artist in the recent Paper Connection newsletter. The owner, Lauren, and her staff are committed to preserving traditional hand paper-making and are a vital resource for artists like me. I'm grateful for their support and belief in my artwork. Enjoy...

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The journey of discovery continues

“We just keep moving forward … because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney   It is a delight for me to read those words from a man who shaped a great part of the imaginary, visual and colorful world...

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Making my mark

Following up on my blog post from earlier this month, I mentioned one of my goals for August is to further my exploration of Asian calligraphy. To that end, I recently returned from three days of intensive study with a master brush painter. The first day...

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Salida Art Walk is here

"Series 2017-10"   The much anticipated Salida Art Walk is just around the corner and I have been busy getting ready for you! [caption id="attachment_22825" align="alignnone" width="1024"] PJ & Fay installing PJ's "Series 2016-22"[/caption] The dates for this year’s Art Walk celebration are June 23 – 25. The Joomchi...

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Kindred spirits

“Series 2016-21”   Recently I visited the city of Toronto. Several friends heard me refer to the trip as “getting my big-city fix.” It was also an all-important “art fix” to feed my soul. Even though I am lucky to have a number of kindred spirits here...

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PJ's Mola Wall

Shapes and colors, colors and shapes

My computer desk sits in a room adjacent to my studio. This was a conscious choice. When I am creating my Joomchi artwork, I don't want to be distracted by email or social media. When I am at my computer, however, a little distraction and...

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Zoom in, zoom out

"Series 2016-11" by PJ Bergin   Last year, when flying into the Denver airport from points east, I became mesmerized by the circles and squares in various shades of green and brown delineated on what must have been the plains of Nebraska below. This wasn't the first...

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Keep it simple

"Resurrection" by Alma Thomas   Before starting a Joomchi piece, I usually spend several days thinking about how I want the artwork to come together. Inspiration can strike when I least expect it, but once a direction catches my attention I am usually very enthusiastic to get...

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Moving your mind in another direction

The political events of the past two weeks may be causing many of us to question what the future holds, not just for our country, but the world at large. Periods of transition are synonymous with stress. In order to keep all of this turmoil...

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A message home

Last week I completed Series 2016-21. While I expected this work to be finished weeks ago, the universe – as it often does — had other plans for me. Originally I intended to use the Joomchi techniques of slashing, crimping and manipulating the mulberry paper...

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