Wednesday, February 2, 2011

April Featured Artist- Carol Berning in Linebaugh Library foyer

As a toddler, I sat on the floor underneath quilts in large frames as my mother, grandmothers, and their friends created delicate, feathery patterns with their stitches. Gazing up at the “stained glass” fabric, I watched them push their tiny quilting needles through the layers of muslin, cottony batting, and colorful squares.
That is my earliest memory of beautiful art.
Following their lead, I grew up sewing and quilting. Recently I began to explore drawing and painting, first with watercolor. When my husband gave me art lessons for a Christmas present, I began to study under the guidance of Susan Truex, using oils.
I enjoy painting images of people and things that are important to me, whether it’s a still life of feathers and eggs, portraits of my brothers, or landscapes of the family farm.
My first serious portrait was of my recently-deceased older brother, painted at the request of my sister-in-law. Then I painted a portrait of my younger brother.
Then my friend, Judge Steve Daniel, asked me to paint his official portrait to hang in the judicial building in the courtroom in which he had presided prior to his retirement. I was thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to complete his portrait.
I’m also thrilled to have one of my paintings hanging in the library at Blackman Middle School. It’s a figural oil of a young teen-age boy sitting on the library floor, reading a book. I’m presently working on its mate, a painting of a young teen-age girl engrossed in a book.
Many of my still lifes, florals, and landscapes become note cards, which are available as gift sets.
I hope you enjoy my explorations! You can see my work at my website
www.berning.weebly.com .
I can be contacted at that website or by email or phone. berningcarol@gmail.com
615-337-6880
Carol Berning