Beautiful paintings of motherhood by Katie Berggren

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mother-katie-berggrenThis week I received a beautiful gift in the post, all the way from East Vancouver (Washington).

Katie Berggren is described at the Number one Motherhood artist in America. She is the mother of two boys and her paintings reflect intimate moments of motherhood.

Katie delights in capturing the visible affection between mother and child in a dance of paint on canvas. She understand that motherhood is a delicate balancing act between our desire to be patient and graceful parents while fulfilling our own need to create in our lives and realise our dreams.

I was the lucky recipient of this painting by simply joining in with something I love to do! Paige over at Parenting Gently, hosted the 2nd annual carnival of gentle parenting and somehow I found myself winning this beautiful piece of art. Thank you Paige! I wrote about the importance of positive and respectful language when talking to children.

I chose an image from Katie, which funnily enough, was simply called ‘Mother’ (picture above).

I loved it because it kind of looks like me and Little Miss Green. Well, it looks like me when I’m at my best, being emotionally available for Little Miss Green and with an inner sense of calm – yep, it happens occassionaly!

The fact the child in this image seems to really know herself, is facing the world, yet is close to her Mother symbolises our relationship to perfection. There is the energy around this child that she is ready to step out, yet draws love and a sense of okness from her Mum. It’s exactly how I would describe our relationship at this point in time.

I have a special place in my home where a few things that bring me joy and reverence are kept. This painting will be added to the collection and when I’m next feeling like the worst mother in the world, I’ll go there and sit for a moment, soaking up the compassion and wisdom of mother’s all across the world…


  1. [email protected] eco friendly homemaking on July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    This is such a nice painting. She does excellent work!

  2. Katie m. Berggren on August 15, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Thank you So Much! I am honored you shared Mother, and your connection to it. Thank you,
    Love & Sincerely,
    Katie m. Berggren

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