Bright paint on dull days

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A SPLASH of colour will be brightening up the winter landscape for those who visit Stonehaven library this month.

An exhibition of oil and acrylic canvases by Stonehaven artist Bern Ross will be on display in the library window, on Evan Street during December.

Bern, who is a full time artist, wants to find a permanent outlet for her work so that she can continue developing her skill. Her paintings will be available for sale until December 31 and the library will benefit from commission on all sales.

Bern (58) moved to Stonehaven more than three years ago after closing her business as an independent Distance Learning tutor in Creative Writing to be with her husband when he took early retirement.

Having originally trained in Art and Design and used it in many forms during careers in teaching, bringing up her children, starting the writing business and eventually also being a publisher, she has now returned to what she feels is the bedrock of her character.

“I can’t stop being creative,” she said. “Sometimes I paint at least two pictures a week and they are usually diverse in style and subject. Of course there are oil paintings of Dunnottar Castle and seascapes but I paint quirky subjects too, which are appealing as gifts.” She also draws, designs cards and paints abstracts.

Bern is publicity officer for South Aberdeenshire Abstracts (SABAB) and more of her colourful paintings can be seen at their upcoming exhibition in Montrose Library, from December 4 to 18.

She said: “Although it might not appear so, I do have a style. All my pictures involve a strong contrast of colour or texture or even subject.

“Painting offers all sorts of possibilities and I’m so inspired by the changeable climate and beautiful terrain here in North East Scotland that I’m driven to do an impressionistic landscape one day and a realistic seascape on another; and I will experiment with colours and textures until the cows come home.”

Bern’s work can be seen in the window of Stonehaven Library, Evan Street, which is open 10am – 8pm with earlier closing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.