Bernette is the sixth generation of her family to be born in and live in Te Awaroa / Helensville. While at North Shore teacher’s College she studied art and completed several art teaching papers at ACE. Over the years she has taken courses in glass work, flax weaving, clay work, wood and stone carving.
Bernette began exhibiting in the Ngati Whatua Toi Kaipara exhibition in 2009 with her paintings and large multimedia installations. Currently she is painting on large timber slabs as well as continuing her ‘Our Special Places’ series of local scenes in acrylic on canvas.
Bernette has an appreciation of the history and special places of the Kaipara and enjoys painting them. Her popular local images are printed onto tiles so that everyone can enjoy them. She now has a range of items available including tiles, mugs, coasters, cheeseboards, purses, keyrings and pendants. Now retired, she has time to paint and enjoys taking commissions of the special places of others.
Mob phone: 0210382729