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Adelle Bernadette is a self-taught artist, based in British Columbia, who is not afraid to venture into new territory. Prior to painting, Bernadette worked as a wood carver and sculptor commissioned by the Lakota First Nations elders and spiritual community to create ceremonial healing pieces. Following a life-altering event in 2002, she turned to painting as part of her healing journey. The result was the highly intuitive and spiritually infused paintings she has come to be known for. “My Shamanic studies taught me the significance of applying energetic imprints into my paintings. There is a spark within that unites us like the threads of a beautiful tapestry that have has been woven over eons of time. My greatest inspiration is the divine presence I see in all things,” Bernadette says.
She is also a highly skilled craftswoman and a stickler for quality, often preferring to mix her own paints by hand, than use manufactured paint. Although it takes more time, she feels the quality shines through. “There is more purity, control and freedom when I’m working with created paints”, she says, matter-of-factly. Bernadette finds that by travelling to different countries and participating in other cultures she is able to gain new insight into the human experience and incorporate her vision into her art. She not only receives inspiration from the places she visits, but feels passionately about giving back. In 2010 she travelled to Haiti (following the devastating earthquake) to assist as a trauma relief worker. While there, she sought out promising local artists who had lost everything and brought their artwork back to Canada.
Adept at both portraiture and landscapes, Bernadette gracefully captures the soul of a person or place with remarkable accuracy and sensitivity. Her success is reflected by her growing international reputation as her paintings continue to be acquired by private collectors worldwide. Adelle Bernadette will be showing her latest collection of paintings at Horizons Art Gallery, beginning with a grand opening Tuesday 22nd November, 7 pm to 8:30pm. Viewing continues daily until December 3rd, Monday to Friday, 9 am-5:30 pm and Saturday at 9 am-1 pm. Please call 628-9769 for further information.
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