“While growing up in a rural mid-western town, I preferred to spend my time in the fields and woods. Captured by the tones and textures of what I saw there, I would draw the trees and cornfields of my home. I would bring back collections of bark, corn husk and bones to reference and apply to my creations.”
In 2004, Berardinis received a degree in Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Upon graduating, she was eager to continue her artistic explorations. This journey led her westward to a place she could paint freely without interruptions. In Montana, she finds again paths to the ever present tones and textures of the natural palette. Berardinis memorize what she sees and makes drawings as she explores the vast wilderness.
Powerful forces and cycles of nature have helped to shape and recreate the vast features of the land. Although nature’s forces can be devastating, time reveals the Earth’s ability to heal and transform itself, leaving behind a new surrounding that lives on.
The fires of Montana have opened up passages to what once was and what will be again—the remains of burned trees, scattered and hidden among the forest, provide signs of the past. Hill sides of blackened trees nurture and guard thousands of younger trees. The forest is recreating itself into a much healthier one. Old trees that have lived long lives finally get to rest in peace. They replenish the land with new seeds and fertilize the soil beneath them.
Fire has a very beautiful and intriguing life of its own. The intense flames seem to be a timeless gesture rolling across the horizon. When ash and smoke clear, new vistas welcome a breath of fresh air and signify new beginnings.
Berardinis finds spontaneity and freedom in the power of nature. She experiences painting the same way she does the landscape. It holds the same quietness, the same search. Through the layering of paint and materials, she begins to find continuity with what she’s discovered in nature. She scrapes and burns into the surface. The materials used (moss, charcoal, pine needles, and other organic materials) signify the surroundings from where they have been taken, allowing a connection more directly with nature.
“I find something indescribable in nature that is never made completely clear in the form of language, which creates my need to paint. Like the seasons, time transforms the forest and leaves only remnants of what once was, and truth remains.”