For years Ms. White-Hatcher painted rural landscapes of central Illinois. As years pasted she witnessed the change in that landscape. “Progress and growth” gave way to subdivisions, strip malls and highways and a new look emerged in her once familiar surroundings.
“As my muse transformed, so did the work I produced. I realized that my perspective was also mutating and transforming in reaction to the visual change around me. Some of the paintings I began to produce became aerial perspectives of rural landscapes. Later these aerial views continued to evolve into images that were far more abstract.”
Ms. White-Hatcher feels that her new work, which was triggered by the visual change in her environment, also reflects her evolution and development as an artist.
Bernie White-Hatcher has lived in central Illinois since 1960. Along with an on-going pursuit of painting, she worked as a draftsman and drafting supervisor for the Bell System, a graphic designer and manager of graphics and illustration at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and as part-time adjunct faculty at Lincoln Land Community College in Arts and Education. Now retired Bernie can concentrate her time on painting. After living in Rochester, IL for over 30 years, she and her husband recently “moved into town” and now live in Illinois’ capital city, Springfield.