in Austria, she emigrated to the US in 1956. She worked in hospitals
but also pursued a career
as a singer. She eventually gave up singing because "I got
a lot of publicity but very little money." She began painting
in 1978 during her rehabilitation following a stroke.
Bertha generally paints the same subject- a pig tailed, blue-eyed Statue of Liberty,
surrounded by the goings on in New York City, usually including the Goodyear
Blimp and Mets baseball player John Franco, and a helicopter. On the painting
she puts the date of the Statue of Liberty (10-1889_ as well as the dates from
when she was working on the individual piece. She frames her own paintings and
always covers the back of each work with pasted and taped photocopies of old
newspaper clippings dealing various recitals she has given including one at
For years she set up outside and sold her paintings to the public on a Manhattan
street corner usually around 51st Street near the building in which she lives.
Very uplifting and inspiring Outsider paintings always with respect to New York
City, the home of "Good People".
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