Artist Statement Submitted 2020A classically-trained contemporary realist, Bertling works in the wonder of people and place. His pictures embody a dream-like stillness, pulsing with the life just beneath the surface.
Fine drawings and oil paintings line the walls of his home studio in Greenville, South Carolina, and his works hang in numerous private collections.
Convinced that meaning is moving, Bertling chases moments worth collecting -- splices lifted from a larger narrative. Believing beauty stubbornly persists, he longs to follow its lead in all his work.