Born in Nashville TN with Down Syndrome, Bernadette has become well known in the art community worldwide. Her exposure to the art world and culture started as a child attending as many art galleries, museums, concert halls and plays as her time would allow. From an early age she was encouraged to draw and color in her own style as a form of expression and therapy. This has resulted in a body of work which documents an artist developing a unique style entirely her own. With an artist grandmother and a mother fully committed to allowing her to use this medium of self expression for as far as she would care to take it, Bernadette now exhibits in numerous art galleries, art and craft shows throughout south east and attends many conventions throughout the United States showing and selling her work.
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On May 17 there was a reception for those of us who were participating in the exhibit called "The Artist's Voice" at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. This is an exhibition featuring Tennessee artists with disabilities. It is really an honor for me to be part of this exhibition because there were only 40 of us who were chosen from the whole state of Tennessee.
My family and I walked in and never made it to the main reception room. There was a huge crowd of people in the area where we walked in and I kept getting stopped to have my picture taken with my painting or someone wanted to talk to me. It was really exciting. Many people have emailed me that they have enjoyed seeing my painting "The Tulip".