About the Artist

Thomas Berger grew up in a small town on the Mosel river in Germany, where he roamed the forests and vineyards, discovering the beauty of nature. At a young age he collected shells, bones, sea creatures and Devonian fossils, and made imitation fish fossils for his "museum", where he displayed these objects from nature sorted by scientific criteria. He also gardened together with his father and kept bees and sheep, which eventually led him to study agriculture.

 

After obtaining a degree from Kassel University, Berger worked on farms in Germany, France and Australia, followed by three years for the German Volunteer Service in an agricultural project in Niger, West Africa.  His work area was stretched along parts of the Niger river where there was irrigated rice, vegetable and fruit production as well as rain-fed milled fields. Back in Germany, he continued working for the same organization administering development programs in three West-African countries. During all these years, Berger cultivated his interests in the visual arts (painting, sculpting, photography), participating in art exhibitions in various parts of Germany and designing postal stamps for the country of Niger. In the mid 1990s Berger moved to the United States, where he became a self-employed landscape designer and contractor. His business 'Green Art' also included a retail nursery for many years. Since 2006 he focuses on the design of low-maintenance gardens as well as gardens for wildlife and pollinators. His sculptures often find a home in the artfully designed gardens that Berger creates all along the New Hampshire and Maine seacoast.

 

Berger has won awards both for his landscape design and his art work. His sculptures can be found in private and public locations in New England and beyond.

 

   
Statement  

 

Berger describes his work as ''organic". He is guided by the western tradition of scientific observation of nature, and equally by the art concepts of East-Asia, especially Japan, which is reflected in simplicity of form and focus on the essential. His sculptures, often archaic creatures and animals of the sea, are marked with signs of erosion. To Berger they express both the miracle and the timelessness of life.