Bergem founded Galleri M, located centrally in Sandefjord on the western side of the Oslo Fjord, in 2006 to exhibit and sell her paintings. Rather than being inspired by other painters, Bergem was driven by an inner desire to express herself. “I was always creative as a child,” she explains. Ideas for new paintings may appear in her mind at any time, for example while noticing colours of fabrics, animals and people, hearing particular words or even waking up from particular dreams at night. “Following moments like these, I sense an urge to start sketching immediately, in order not to lose the idea,” she continues.