Arlene Bernstein received a BA from UCLA in Art History and Studio and an MA in Fine Arts with a focus on Photography from SF State University and then twenty years later an MA in Psychology from Sonoma State University.  In those twenty years her primary focus was working the land on Mt. Veeder with her husband, Michael, together creating Mount Veeder Winery and Vineyards. She is the author of Growing Season, Life Lessons from the Garden (Wildcat Canyon Press, 1995; Council Oak Books, 2005), an inspirational memoir of those years.  She has practiced psychotherapy and exhibited her photographs in Napa Valley and San Francisco. Her images were used in the PBS documentary Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution.  She returned to painting in oil and was a participant in the international exhibition, Oncology on Canvas. She had a one woman exhibition of paintings and photographs at Robert Mondavi Winery in 2010 and at the Napa Library in 2012.

Nature is the artist.  My work emerges from transcendent moments of awe and gratitude for the intense beauty in its patterns, textures and endless variety.  My vegetable garden provides not only nourishment for body and soul, but also inspiration for my work.  And world travels have given me expanded opportunities for seeing with fresh eyes..

-Arlene Bernstein


Arlene Bernstein