Bert Boerema is a native and long?time resident of Michigan. His home and studio are located in a rural setting near Grand Rapids, and this reflects in many of his paintings. He has also traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, as well as overseas, and this is evident in his more?recent work. Bert and his wife spend part of the winter in Arizona, which has given him opportunity and inspiration for painting a large number of Southwest desert paintings.
Bert is a realist. His primary medium is watercolor, and his choice of subject is usually landscapes and seascapes, rural buildings and Southwest desert scenes. Bert’s paintings are characterized by a subdued palette and finely?detailed brushwork. The paintings he produces convey a very real sense of feeling and mood to his viewers.
Bert Boerema is self-taught, but he has also studied with Tony Couch, Roland Roycraft, Tony van Hasselt and Joseph Fettingis. He has been active in painting for over forty-five years, and currently teaches several watercolor classes and workshops in addition to producing artwork. He has repeatedly served as Artist in Residence at the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan, and is a member of Grand Valley Artists, Inc. Many of his paintings and sketches are in private collections in Michigan and Arizona, as well as various other places worldwide.