“I have always felt that art has the ability to lift us out of one place and take us to another.” — Evelyn Berde

Evelyn grew up in the old “West End” of Boston, a neighborhood of European, African-American and Latin immigrants. Red brick buildings, smoke stacks, the Mass General Hospital, and amazing, lively characters filled the neighborhood.

On her trips to the market, the sounds, smells, and images inspired her — the sawdust on the butcher’s floor, the whistling, gigantic teapot in Scollay Square, the trees on the Boston Common, the colorful languages she heard every day.

Today, many of her images and colors reflect her passion for Native American, Southeast Asian, Latin American and African Art, but also her paintings still somehow recall for her the world she lived in as a child in the West End.

Evelyn brings much of her life experiences to each painting. Her work resembles the patchwork of her childhood and adult life, as an artist, mother, wife, and teacher. Evelyn incorporates her connection to people and their “stories,” her surroundings in everyday life, inspirations, and dreams.

As a parent of children who are of multicultural ancestry, it has been important to create a home that includes textiles, colors and images that reflect the diversity of her family and her neighborhood. Her home and studio invite people to relax, to take a breath, to immerse themselves in a landscape of soothing hues and textures.

Evelyn can see the beauty in even the simplest of things; a bowl of fruit is transformed into a life story. “I am transformed by a Mexican ceramic bowl filled with mangoes on a vibrant Indian cloth. My hope is that others will find inspiration in my paintings, and gain a newfound appreciation for culture, texture, and nature in the world around them.”