Bernadette was born and grew up in Drogheda, Co. Louth. She spent many happy summers, however, in Portmagee; Bernadette had close links with her mother's family there.
Portmagee, nestles between the Kerry mountains and Valentia Island, surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Iveragh peninsular.
It was the scenery of this area which first inspired Bernadette with a deep desire to paint.
Bernadette later chose to live in West Kerry.
Happily settled in her Waterville home, Bernadette gains inspiration from her garden:-
Waterville itself inspires Bernadette's art:-
Rose - pastel on card.
Waterville Beach - pastel on card. Private collection.
Her emotional affinity with the Iveragh landscape is constantly re-explored in her art:-
Hogs Head - Original pastel on card.
Bernadette teaches art at Tech Amergin, Waterville. This is an arts and cultural centre where she also serves on the Management Committee.
She is part of a local artists' co-operative group which exhibits at “Gallery One”, in Caherciveen. Her work may be seen and purchased there.
Ballaghasheen overlooking Glencar -
oil on canvas. Private collection
Bernadette frequently undertakes commissions and her paintings often become treasured wedding or retirement presents. Her clients can specify subjects and Bernadette will be pleased to discuss any ideas..If you wish to discuss a possible commission please contact Bernadette.