Mike Bernard

About Mike

Born in Kent, award winning artist Mike trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design and the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited widely in the UK and was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. He now lives and works in North Devon. 

Inspired by his Devonshire surroundings but also by his travels all over the UK and Europe Mike has said that what attracts him most is the pattern of buildings, boats and similar features within a scene.

Mike enjoys experimenting with a variety of media and techniques, often incorporating collage and acrylics. As a base to his paintings, collage has allowed him to create abstract structures that can often turn into the ever elusive ’happy accidents’ when an array of seemingly disparate textures, colours and shapes suddenly fall into place. He knows a composition is complete when there is a pleasing pattern, unified by a harmonious palette but with enough abstract elements to retain an atmosphere of spontaneity, freshness and freedom.