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Carol Berning

Carol Berning

Lascassas, Tn

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As a toddler, I sat underneath quilts in large frames as my mother, grandmothers, and their friends created delicate, feathery patterns with their stitches. Gazing up at the “stained glass” fabric, I watched them push their tiny quilting needles through the layers of muslin, cottony batting, and colorful squares. That is my earliest memory of beautiful art.

Following their lead, I grew up sewing and quilting, and many years later, I began to explore drawing and painting, studying under the guidance of Susan Truex.

I enjoy painting images of people and things that are important to me, whether it’s a still life of eggs or rusty heaps, portraits of family and friends, or landscapes of lush fields or dark alley ways.

In addition to studying with Susan Truex, I have also participated in workshop studies with Pat Thompson, Brett Weaver, Roger Dale Brown, Richard Greathouse, and Max Ginsburg.
 
I am a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, and Murfreesboro Art League.


Honors, Awards, Juried Exhibitions, Publications:

*Official Portrait, Judge J.S. “Steve” Daniel, Rutherford County Judicial Building
*People’s Choice Award, “Cinnamon Queens,” Women Painters of the Southeast, 2013
*Juried, “Clover Crown,” Women Painters of the Southeast, 2014
*20th Annual Art Studio Tour, Stones River Craft Association
*Murfreesboro Magazine, April 2014
*The Art of the Portrait Tuition Scholarship, Portrait Society of America, 2014
*FASO Daily Art Show Staff Pick, “Carl’s Pond, Frozen,” 2014
*Best in Show, “Clover Crown,” Stones River Survey, 2014

I'm thrilled to announce that Clover Crown has been accepted into the Third Annual Juried Women Painters of the Southeast Show! The show will be held March 28-29, 2014, at Magnolia Gallery in Greensboro, GA.


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As a toddler, I sat on the floor underneath quilts in large frames as my mother, grandmothers, and their friends created delicate, feathery patterns with their stitches. Gazing up at the stained glass fabric, I watched them push their tiny quilting needles through the layers of muslin, cottony batting, and colorful squares.
That is my earliest memory of beautiful art.

Following their lead, I grew up sewing and quilting. Recently I began to explore drawing and painting, first with watercolor. When my husband gave me art lessons for a Christmas present, I began to study under the guidance of Susan Truex, using oils.

I enjoy painting images of people and things that are important to me, whether its a still life of feathers and eggs, portraits of my brothers, or landscapes of the family farm.

My first serious portrait was of my recently-deceased older brother, painted at the request of my sister-in-law. Then I painted a portrait of my younger brother.

Then my friend, Judge Steve Daniel, asked me to paint his official portrait to hang in the judicial building in the courtroom in which he had presided prior to his retirement. I was thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to complete his portrait.

I am a member of the Women Painters of the Southeast, Portrait Society of America, and Oil Painters of America.

I hope you enjoy my explorations!