Lois Berardi was born in New York City and spent her early years there and Boston. During that time her artistic skills were nurtured by her father, a professional musician, and recognized by her teachers. Now, over 50 years later, Lois’ inspiration for her paintings comes from an appreciation of the natural beauty of her surroundings, especially the greater Ormond Beach area. Her interpretations of water and other nature scenes are characterized by a gentle touch with interspersion of intense colors. Her portraits are realistic, candid, and intense.
Lois moved to the Daytona area in the late 1950’s. Her formal education and life’s work was in the mental health field, primarily in educational settings. Now retired and living in Ormond Beach, she expresses herself artistically through painting. Lois is a student of Florida artist Beau Wild. Additionally, she has studied with Eric Wiegardt, of Ocean Park, Washington and Tim Wilmot, United Kingdom.
Lois’s acrylic and watercolor paintings are in the homes of private collectors in the United States. She is an artists’ advocate, having served on various arts related community committees, such as the Art in Public Spaces Committee for the City of Daytona Beach. Additionally, she is a member of the Florida Women’s Art Association, Ormond Memorial Art Museum, the Artists’ Workshop of New Smyrna Beach and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
Although my passion for art began when I was very young it is several years ago that I began consistently painting. Initially, acrylics were my medium of choice. I enjoy the intense colors and texture of the paints. Over the past year I began using watercolors and enjoy the process so much I paint just about every day.
I like art that is at least somewhat representational. As a person born with a hearing loss, I rely heavily on what I see as a way of anchoring my feelings and impressions. I paint what I find beautiful, whether it is a person, the sea, a building, or nature. My work is usually done with a gentle touch, yet a clarity fueled by color and shape.
Now that I am retired from a rewarding career in the education/mental health field I realize that my creativity was used to facilitate others finding solutions to their complex human problems. Now, through my art, I continue to use this acquired attribute by capturing my personal interpretation of my surroundings on paper. My paintings are clearly a need to visually express and interpret the beauty I see and feel in my life.