Signe Bergman


“Creating is my passion.  It is a part of who I am, and I cannot conceive of a life without it.  My art is an expression of beauty that transcends the ordinary and engages the viewer, hopefully eliciting an experience they might not have had, had they not viewed that work.  My art is not a veiled political or social message; my intention is to stimulate in the viewer a profound, contemplative thought, intense passion and awe of the beauty that surrounds us.

My earliest memories are of creating.  In my post graduate days I studied at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles; in private workshops with California artists; at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; at the Santa Fe Art Institute under celebrated local artist Sam Scott; and with New York Studio School teachers Graham Nickson and Bruce Ganier.

 In my early professional years, I lived in California, and I was a founding member of Watercolor West which became a major player among transparent watercolor societies. Its annual exhibition attracts thousands of entries from all over the country.  I had the honor of winning First Place in the show in 1972.  While still living in Santa Barbara I was commissioned by the historic Biltmore Hotel to paint several murals for them.

In 1981 I moved to Santa Fe and opened The Preston House, Santa Fe’s first Bed and Breakfast Inn.  It also served as my gallery.  During this time I continued with art classes and also created a series of serigraphs of Amish quilt designs that were marketed nationally.  I still offer them to local charities for benefit sales.

My work has been included in prominent exhibitions at the Museum of New Mexico Friends of Contemporary Art and the former College of Santa Fe, now known as the University of Santa Fe Art and Design.  The New Mexico Museum of Fine Art sponsored a private visit to my studio for their donors. 

My former galleries include Kauffman Gallery, Houston; Meyer Gallery, Houston; Fireside Gallery, Carmel; Northrup Gallery, Taos; and the Copenhagen Gallery, Solvang, California.  Today my work is part of the prestigious Gallery Collection at La Posada de Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Art Hotel and the exclusive Hotel Madeline in Telluride where Sara Eyestone is the Art Curator.  She features originals by world-class artists at their studio prices.  I am honored to be part of a stable with such talent.”   

Contact Art Curator Sara Eyestone at 505-954-9668 for more information.