My goal as an artist is to continue to develop the technical
painting and drawing skills necessary to allow me the freedom to
explore the artistic interpretation of subject matter that
interests me and to continually widen the scope of the subject
matter I paint.
My work has been described by some patrons as happy,
energetic, colorful and fresh. I am a happy person when I am
drawing and painting, so perhaps that emotion comes though
somehow in my paintings. I love flowers, nature and beautiful
objects. That seems to be the things I am drawn to capture right
now. I have been told by several people whom I respect, that my
work has a unique, recognizable style. I accepted that,
thankfully, as a compliment.
I paint under my nickname, Bernie. I have been involved in
the arts most of my life through my experiences as a ballet
dancer; a ballet instructor; founder and Director of the
Northwest Florida Ballet and a member of many Boards of arts
I have been exposed to diverse, stimulating human emotions
and situations which has led me to respect all artists no matter their
chosen medium and to enjoy being with people who share a love of art. I
respect the great masters and I am continually awe struck by their
talent and craftsmanship.