Bernie is a self-taught pencil artist born and raised in Saskatchewan. He was a junior high school art and physical education teacher but gave up teaching in 1989 to become a full-time artist. In 1993 Bernie and his family left their home in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and he and his wife, Margie, now live on a ranch near Okotoks, Alberta.
Because of a love of drawing, Bernie chooses to work in pencil but adds watercolour to accent some of his work. More recently, he has become an enthusiast of using watercolour to transform his prints by completely painting them in watercolour resulting in beautiful mixed media works of art.
With a technique and style very much his own, his topics vary from wildlife to ranch, rodeo, farm and prairie scenes. Bernie takes great pride in his prairie heritage and strives to accurately depict scenes that portray our western culture.
Bernie's originals have been shown at the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show with his prints on display in galleries across Western Canada. His work has won numerous national and international print awards as well as "Feature Artist" and "Best of Show" at the Calgary Stampede.