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About Bernie Anderson

  Bernie first fell in love with art as a child in London. Born in the UK with her mother from Co Cavan and her father from co Donegal, she won a competition in the Borough of Brent  at the age of 8 years old where she repeatedly painted her favourite muse... a horse.

   At the time, she was obsessed with horses ,“Black beauty”, and “Champion the wonder horse”, and created scenes with fuzzy felt and crayons.


 She studied art as a leaving cert subject and then left it behind when she commenced her career as a mental health nurse for 38 years. She finally returned to art and painting in 2000 when she moved back to Donegal and found herself attending art classes again when her off duty and rearing two children suited. She found painting very therapeutic and was an antidote to the stress of her career. Her dream was to be able to paint full time, which she realised in 2021 through early retirement from nursing and establishing herself as a professional artist.

   Now based in Donegal, Bernie expresses herself through the use of intuitive colour and form. She is influenced by the ebb and flow of life, her own environment, and the natural landscape.

    Bernie’s desire is to create paintings which are uplifting, inspiring and connect to the viewer. 

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

- Wayne Dyer


   Working in various mediums watercolours, encaustic wax, inks and oils, she loves to create vibrant colour and drama in her work.

Recently she has been exploring figures in the local Donegal Landscape inspired by history, raw emotion and aspects of the way lives were once lived.

  She seeks to tell a story, depict a journey which is infinite, transient yet eternal.



Awards &

  • Annual group Exhibitions as part of the Fiach Art Group Stranorlar

  • Cross Border projects with the border arts group in Castlederg with exhibitions spanning 4 years which were funded by peace 2 initiative

  • GLEBE Gallery Easter competition, selected in 2014 and 2018

  • Dual exhibition in Doire Centre Gweedore Co Donegal with Morag Mc Cafferty 2019

  • 2019 walkway Gallery art exhibition Villa Rose Hotel Ballybofey.

  • Solo virtual exhibition 2020 and 2022 “Imagine” at Hambly and Hambly art Gallery group exhibition 2021

  • Exhibited as part of a group in “Great Big Art Event” Annagry October 2021 and 2022

  •   Selected for Derek Hill exhibition in the Glebe Gallery 2014 and 2018

  •   Placed 2nd in International Alcohol ink Competition in Montana USA 2017

  •   BIBLIOGRAPHY – artwork published in Treasure Each Voice Book 2005

  •   Painting commissioned for national document on Parental Alienation 2020

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