Artist looks to raise cash for charity

Bern (left) took part in NEOS last year in Frances Gilroy's (right) studio
Bern (left) took part in NEOS last year in Frances Gilroy's (right) studio

North East Open Studio (NEOS) artist Bern Ross will have her work on show and for sale at Stonehaven Library throughout September.

Well known for her impressionist seascapes and colourful, textured paintings, Bern says her studio at home is bursting at the seams.

She said: “I want all my paintings to find homes andthe prices are very affordable. I’m longing to start on fresh white canvases and get going on new ideas.

“But I can’t keep producing more without potential owners even seeing what I do and then giving them a home.”

Bern, who normally sells her work only face-to-face and online, has overcome serious illness over the past year and is donating all proceeds to charity.

She explained: “I love walking in the hills and intend to be able to do that again so I’ll be honouring my long term allegiance to the John Muir Trust who is dedicated to preserving the wild places in Scotland. I’ve also seen clearly the marvellous work that CLAN does, so the other 50% will go to them.”

The artist has taken part in NEOS several times before at different venues including her own home. She says the brochure, which can be picked up free by any member of the public in all sorts of outlets in the North East, is a year-round directory of artists working in various disciplines from jewellery and paint to textiles and woodwork. Bern Ross came from a very creative family and is familiar with the need to move on with her experiments in art.

She added: “My dad was very prolific and had many solo art exhibitions in London and the South, but he used to build bonfires of his unsold paintings. It was heartbreaking to watch them burning. I don’t want to do that, I want my paintings to find homes.”

Bern’s art will be in the library window from September 1-29, which includes NEOS week, and sales will be handled at the library counter. She welcomes any visitors to her studio too, which is just a few minutes away.