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Folsom Artist Cassie Berube

Oct 04, 2017 01:40PM ● By Style

Cassie Berube creates stunning works using bright, bold hues influenced from her travels. Color for the artist also represents rebirth—something Berube battled after being diagnosed with the endocrine disorder PCOS, and cancer shortly thereafter. Returning to her studio and creating works with vibrant colors helped Berube during the trying time, as being drawn to certain colors, she believes, happens when we’re in need of balance. The artist hopes to pass on this energy, as well as uplift, through her various works of color. “With the pervasive negativity that abounds, art is not only a much-needed release,” says Berube, “[but] it’s also a great way to funnel frustrations and express yourself in a positive way.” In addition to being a member of the Folsom Arts Association, Berube—who’s previously shown at galleries such as Studio 10 and Blue Line Arts—also features and sells her work on her website. 

HLB: How have your travels influenced your art? 

CB: In 2009, I took a tour management course at sea, and the ship had nine ports of call throughout the Caribbean and Central America. From the pastel buildings of Curaçao to woven textiles in Guatemala, I was impressed with how these cultures not only embrace color but celebrate it. One of my more significant travel experiences was going with my husband to India to meet his family for the first time. My senses were overwhelmed by the gorgeous saris with liquid gold embellishments, crimson, turquoise and gold—not only with the colors, but the exotically vibrant and fearless combinations in which [people] wore them. [That trip] encouraged me to take the plunge and be unafraid to work with bold colors. If I weren’t an artist, I would go back into the travel industry. We only have this world—how could you not want to explore it?

HLB: After your diagnosis, you said you found your way out of life’s darkness by using color. How so? 

CB: My world came to a screeching halt. I was too sick to work but had to put my energy somewhere, so I went back to my first love—art. I was drawn again and again to bright color palettes and found them uplifting and full of positive energy. I’m happy to say I’m cancer-free.

HLB: What’s your artistic background? 

CB: I come from a family of creative “artsy fartsy” types. Both my father and grandfather taught art, and my mother is extremely creative. While I took some art classes in high school and college, for the most part I’m self-taught. I also couldn’t have done any of it, nor would I be the person I am today, without my supportive husband. He’s my light.

HLB: When did you begin to view yourself as a professional artist?  

CB: It took several years and mad science experiments to gain enough confidence to show my work. I started with group shows and worked my way up to applying for gallery exhibits.

HLB: What’s in store for the future? 

CB: A dream of mine is to merge travel and art by offering retreats where people can create art while experiencing a new culture.

By Heather L. Becker // Artwork photos courtesy of artist. Artist photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group