Born in Bendigo, Victoria, Bernadette grew up surrounded by local bushland filled with an abundance of beautiful Australian flora and fauna. She was influenced by the rural setting of surrounding farmlands, the unique setting of gold mine poppet heads, mullock heaps, the many historic buildings in the area, and the beautiful Bendigo Cathedral.
In the early 1980’s she studied in Bendigo under the expertise & guidance of Jeanette Schultz. She worked with Schultz for several years and learned the art of China Painting.
In the 1990's, Bernadette and her family moved to Brisbane, where she fell in love with the beaches, palm trees and city life. It was a dramatic change from what she was used to.
Through the freedom of acrylic paint and large canvases, Bernadette uses her love of painting and colour to represent Australian scenes, along with a variety of other subjects..
In Australia, we are surrounded with bursts of sound and colour. This scene shows the native Australian flora and fauna, reflecting the harmony and soul of the Australian bush.
The Arum lilies appear translucent against a background of peaceful shelter. This piece produces a feeling of fun, peace and calm, all at the same time.
The stunning and simple daisy is entangled and entwined by greenery for as far as the eye can see. This painting was a personal challenge for me in many ways.
There’s something about a blush…
It’s colour, and it’s warmth.
A shy innocence and an undeniable delight.
It’s a crimson flush. It’s a beautiful blush.
As the mother bird feeds her chicks, the father stands guard over the nest. Let the colours come to life and draw you in. This vibrant piece is about the warmth and care of a loving family.
The colour of the Agapanthus compliments the green tones of the Agave foliage. Like my garden, I didn’t want this canvas to be overcrowded. I wanted to showcase its beauty and use the calming hues of Spring in Queensland.
There are many layers to this painting, and if you look closely, you’re sure to find something new. The warmth of this painting will brighten up any room.
This peaceful scene depicts a silent ethereal serenity, ablaze with colour, within the surging currents that surround it.
The eucalyptus wafts and creaks. The soft breeze begs movement. Far-away calls of birds and the sounds of native animals all around you. This painting encapsulates the sound and the feel of the evening. These are the sounds of night in the bush that never leave you.
In the land of quirk, it’s always winter.
These zany characters thrive on peace and tranquillity in a land that exists just for them.