We had the good fortune of connecting with Catherine Marie Bergman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Catherine Marie, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote is, “What you think about comes about, so think about what you are for.” And because I know that what I think about comes about – I too know that my perspective will always be an uplifting one. These are ways I incorporate this quote into my everyday life… I am for – being honest and respectful. I am for – being happy and enjoying life’s gifts. I am for – living and experiencing the best of life now. I am for – knowing and being the true nature of love. All of these lead into what I want most out of my life. But, I also recognize that I have a choice in how I live my life – and there is a direct connection between how I live my life and the environment I live in. For this reason, I want to make a positive impact and help make the world more full of light and love for all. To do this, I like to think that the cup isn’t just half full, it is always being filled up. I know I have a constant flow of resources that I can easily tap into – all I need to do is be willing to look, and be willing to listen. This is why I tune into the universe to create works of art and writing. Creating in this way makes me happy and I love doing it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I use an intuitive method to create. I set aside my thoughts and allow my hand to be guided. Doing my work in this way allows me to receive more than what I myself can envision. It is a wonderful way to co-create with the universal mind. I attended the University of Florida in Tampa. Originally, I was going to major in Industrial Psychology, but when I was sitting in orientation and the College of Arts was being presented, I had this urge to change majors. I heard my heart sing! I felt compelled to listen to my heart, and I’m grateful I did. I majored in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Abstract Expressionism. Because I originally focused on art that was an expression of my emotions (a.k.a. Abstract Expressionism), I now can easily sense if I stop doing intuitive creativity and revert to my previous style. I still enjoy creating abstract works of art – sometimes I will do this first, then I’ll create intuitive art as a layer on top. Either way, I feel it’s all a very magical process to go from a blank canvas to a work of art. When I first began doing intuitive art work, the outcome was nothing that I had seen before. This was exciting, but also a little bit scary. But once I reminded myself that comparing is a form of judging and is not necessary, I was okay. The whole point of creativity and being an artist is to do your own thing. Each individual has something special to share. Greater vision is born through trust in one’s own instincts. If you trust in your instincts, you can’t go wrong. They are always the true nature of yourself, which is a blessing and a gift for you to enjoy. I definitely encourage people to listen to their heart sing and to go where their heart leads them. I followed my heart and am truly grateful.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
On quick trips, I like to go around small towns that are close by, like Cartersville, Ballground, Canton, Woodstock and Roswell. I’ll venture into the city when art festivals are going on though. Those, in my opinion, are a must see, because that’s one of the perks of living in a larger metro area like Atlanta. And whenever I go into the city, I 99.9% of the time always make my way to Little Five Points area to roam and grab a bite at Savage Pizza. For a nice long day, I love to take mini “road trips” around the state. I usually head in a northerly direction, and find a loop to drive. For example, I’ll choose a destination further out like, Clarkesville, Helen, Blue Ridge, or Rome and map out a pattern to head back home that only allows for back roads. Whenever I venture out, I like to include showing off a park or hike, and I especially enjoy finding a new one to go to. Hiking is one of the things I love about living here in Georgia. My all time favorite hiking area is Red Top Mountain. Lake Allatoona and the hiking there are consistently my go to destinations when I want to be in nature. But I’d be remiss not to say that I do love visiting Vogel State Park and Unicoi. I always pack the car with snacks whenever I take a drive, and I do a bit of research before I head out, so I can see what kind of restaurants or bakeries are around the area I’m heading to. Finding new places to eat is also one of the perks of going for a drive!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Before I believed in myself, I had to rely on what others saw in me. With the support of my family and friends, and with their love and encouragement, I had a starting point for finding my self-confidence and building up my courage. A former manager introduced me to The Strangest Secret, by Earl Nightingale. This book opened up my eyes to what the world could truly be.
Catherine Marie Bergman @artistcmb