BERNI AYREART is a self-taught contemporary Artist who descendands from the NOLAN and CLIFFORD line of Australian artists.
Berni originally trained in the 1980's in Graphic Arts / illistrator / photographer; Photojournalist and Forensic Photographer.
She was mentored by many well known Sydney Artists and illistrators from the age of 9 nine through the 1970's until suffering a stroke in 1980 and despite many awards for her traditional Australian landscapes and an offer of an overseas Arts scholarship, Berni hung up the brushes and pursued a career in photography. After retiring in 1990 Berni returned to the blank canvas to rediscover her Artistic talents.
Berni's paintings explores the depths and tones of nature; the play of light; the tactile composition of textures; indigenous themes; and offers to provide a sensation of these intracices in all her works. Paintings often combinine printing techniquies resulting in an intimate, layered and detailed composition. Her impressionist oil and or acrylic paintings offer a vibrancy of colour and a dimensional quality beyond that normally found in traditional painting. Her photography (limited in its release to the public) is alluring and sympathetic to nature that surrounds her at her regional property in Northern Victoria.
Berni releases a limited number of works each year supporting Drysdale Rotary and other charitable fundraising events.
Her works are keenly sort by both Government, institutions and private collectors from across the world.
Berni exhibits in regional Art Societies and galleries across Australia. Her works are in permanent Government collections in Victoria and New South Wales including the permanent Maritime Art Collection at the Seafarers Mission Melbourne; corporate venues; and private collections in Great Britian; Canada; Tonga; the Phillipines; Japan and New Zealand. Annual feature exhibitions at The Wintergarden Gallery in Geelong; the Artmakers Mill Gallery in Kilmore; Rotary Drysdale Art Show Bellarine; the Kilmore Art Expo; and Linden Postcard Exhibition in St. Kilda are just some of the venues in her works can be viewed.
'My passion is to record the world around me. I am continually inspired by nature, society and cultural influences; changing streetscapes; distant horizons; and most of all, the vastness and colours offered in the Australian landscape. Each work is an emotional journey and reflects my continuing expedition to find new ways to respond to, and paint what I see.'