Consequent to completion of tertiary studies in commercial illustration at the Central Technical College in Brisbane, Bernadette worked as a Commercial Artist for five years prior to her marriage, at which point she embarked on extensive overseas travel throughout Europe. An 18 month period saw her time spent in the United Kingdom, Europe and North Africa, to eventually travel back to Australia via Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India and South East Asia. Upon her return to Queensland, Bernadette continued to work as a commercial artist whilst studying and performing with The Qld Contemporary Dance Theatre. During this time she further diversified professionally, experiencing success, working in the fashion industry as an accomplished model, event coordinator, choreographer and fashion consultant.
South-East Queensland and the Tallebudgera Valley remains the present day location for Bernadette and her family home, where the maturation of her three children has facilitated the opportunity to finally return to the easel to paint and explore her life long passion of the Fine Arts.
Exploration of form and composition draw on a primary medium of oil and acrylic on canvas, which has led to a further desire and development of watercolour techniques. Her subject matter exhibit painterly interpretations of photo realism; human form is often graceful; whilst scapes and settings employ further diversification of impressionist techniques. Now a member of Royal Queensland Art Society, Bernadette’s work is currently exhibited throughout the Gold Coast, currently featured at Cafe D’Bar Gallery in Coolangatta and The Royal Queensland Art Society in Broadbeach.
Bernadette’s work is a fusion of cultural experiences, from Central Australia through the South Pacific, into Asia and most recently through South America. This, in conjunction with her continuing love of the performing arts and fashion is merely a predecessor to what is a rapidly expanding and well recognised portfolio of artwork for this emerging artist...