THE ARTISTS: Geradyn Bergman |

THE ARTISTS: Geradyn Bergman

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What is your career and your current job title? My career is in the arts, and I’m a sculptor.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. I sculpt large wooden featureless figures.

How long have you been working in this discipline? Almost 30 years.

Why do you do it? I love bringing to life what I see in a piece of wood.

What do you hope to accomplish? Making others aware of the images I see.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and, if yes, what is that message? No, I feel the viewer should get their own message.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I consider my art to be on a full-time status, and I prefer my sculptures to be seen in galleries.

What kind of special training did you take? I learned my techniques in Southern California from sculptor Jon Raymond and worked with him for three years.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? The creativity, seeing the sculpture evolve.


What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Sandpapering the sculpture to extreme smoothness. That’s the only part I don’t like.

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? About 12 to 15 hours a week.

Do you consider it hard work, and could anyone do it? Wood sculpting is more physically challenging than painting, but anyone with the desire and extreme patience could probably do it.

Any other comments you’d like to include? I feel so fortunate to live here in Nevada County. It’s full of artists, musicians, writers, poets and so many creative people. It’s truly a community that appreciates the arts.

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