Artistically inclined, at the age of ten, Bernie was enrolled in art school in Montreal and has never looked back. Bernie has studied under Renate Heidersdorf, Marlene Hilton-Moore, Catherine Delhaise and Laura Hair. Although disabled by thalidomide, her disability is no deterrent, as Bernie is an unabashed perfectionist whose work is marked by a fine attention to detail, particularly with still life.
Bernie’s preferred media are watercolor, conté, and ink; her subjects include exotic botanical forms and Aegean doorways — all inspired by her travels abroad. Her work is included in collections in Canada and abroad.
Bernie and her family went to the 50th anniversary of thalidomide in Ottawa for 3 days on the June 17th weekend, where she met many old friends and schoolmates. There are 90 survivors of thalidomiders in Canada.
I have been very fortunate in my life as my Dad worked for an airline which gave me many chances to paint in different countries.
When I was younger I skied in the Rockies, went to Art Camp and diving camp.
I have very short arms and partial hands. I paint with my left hand and very long brushes.
Bernie’s originals and giclée are exquisitely matted and framed.
Please note that Bernie does not do commissions.