Bernie completed a Bachelor of Design in D.I.T, graduating in 1988 with a further year of study at the Limerick School of Art in 1995. She was a member of Atlantic Artists Co-operative. She has exhibited her work in Ireland and the U.S.A. for over twenty years & her work is in private collections around the world. She currently lives in North West Connemara where she showcases her work in her gallery/studio and delivers creative workshops from her studio.
I like to respond intuitively to ideas that capture my imagination. Drama in nature focuses my attention and offers me a challenge in representing this intensity in my environment. I also like to explore personal issues through my work.
The use of various materials & processes include Fine Art printmaking, mixed media, ancient textile techniques & ceramics. Media is chosen to explore various themes through line, colour, texture, tone & detail and each chosen medium conveys a different narrative about my environment & the various themes that inspire my work.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
Getting people into my gallery to expose the work to a wide audience
Accessing venues to show the work in other counties and countries
Recovering the cost of presenting the work e.g. framing
What inspires you most about the county in which you live?
The Connemara Landscape
The community of artists in the locality
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Spend some time on promotion when you do get an opportunity to exhibit your work