my story

Oil Paintings

​Bruce Berlow

Press:


​Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News-Press, Dec 13-19, 2013

Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News-Press, Sept 26, 2016

Bruce Berlow is a retired physician. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and received his BA in English and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, he trained in Pediatrics and completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of California, San Diego. He practiced at the Sansum Medical Clinic in Santa Barbara, CA for 18 years, and Shoreline Allergy and Asthma Associates in Mystic and East Lyme, CT for 14 years. He is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Golf Digest, Working Mother, Child, Men’s Fitness, Flower and Garden, Cats Magazine, The Absolute Sound, and many other publications. His paintings and photographs have been exhibited in juried shows since 2004, and two of his works have been featured as covers for the Annals of Internal Medicine. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Lee Southerland, a fellow artist.




ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Capturing Character

A key difference between illustration and art is that illustration depicts an image's exterior, while art expresses something about the interior, or as Sol LeWitt has termed it, surface versus structure. These interior qualities constitute character, the distinctive traits that distinguish an individual. It is an image's character that you are drawn to, remember, and choose to revisit. That is my goal as an artist: to recognize and convey the character of a person, place, creature, or thing.

Where an illustration conveys information, art communicates so much more: emotion, attitude, and personality. Art engages much more of the brain – and the heart.

Character is expressed by a variety of cues: attitude, expression, emotion, condition, and context. Character can be (and often is) revealed in a fleeting moment. An artist needs to recognize these moments and understand the distinctive cues that evoke character. The next step is to depict character through the traditional artist's techniques of composition, value, hue, and exaggeration.

So to understand my work, look first for the moments I choose to depict, then the manner I express character, whether in people, natural settings, creatures, or objects. I hope you'll see and appreciate the stylistic coherence of my work across a variety of subject matter: capturing character.
    
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY


Publication Covers:


Archives of Internal Medicine 2003;163, Apr 14, Cover Photo
Archives of Internal Medicine 2003:163, July 14, Cover Photo

Juried Shows:

Mystic Arts Center – Photo Show XXVI, 2004
Mystic Arts Center – Photo Show XXVII, 2005
Connecticut College Arboretum Photo Contest, 2006 – Second Place
Mystic Arts Center – Photo Show XXVIII, 2006 – Honorable Mention
Mystic Arts Center – 51st Regional Show, 2007
Mystic Arts Center – Photo Show XXIX, 2007
Mystic Arts Center – The Written Word, 2008
Mystic Arts Center - Photo Show XXX, 2008
Mystic Arts Center - Long and Lean, 2010
Mystic Arts Center – Photo Show XXXII, 2010
Mystic Arts Center – 55th Regional Show, 2011
Lyme Art Association – Deck the Walls! – 2011
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – Artwalk Indoor Show, 2013
Channing Peake Gallery – Inside/Outside: Santa Barbara Art Association, 2014
Semana Nautica Art Show – 2014
Semana Nautica Art Show – 2015
Semana Nautica Art Show - 2016
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – Artwalk Indoor Show, 2015
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – Artwalk Indoor Show, 2016

Semana Nautica Art Show - 2017

The Art of Making Music - Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration - 2017
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – Artwalk Indoor Show, 2017
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – Artwalk Indoor Show, 2018


Invited Shows:


Mystic Arts Center – Elected Artists Show 2009
Mystic Arts Center – Elected Artists Show 2010
Mystic Arts Center – Elected Artists Show 2011

Galleries:

The Brick Gallery, Essex, CT 2005-2006

Glenn Dallas Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2019

Memberships:

Elected Artist, Mystic Arts Center
Member, Santa Barbara Art Association
Member, SCAPE (Southern California Artists to Protect the Environment)