Irish artist Bernadette Doolan began as a ceramic sculptor. Some years later, while preparing for a commission for a homeless charity exhibition with Focus Ireland in 2007, she found herself working for the first time though the medium of paint and canvas. Following a complete sell out show she has never looked back since.


Bernadette’s approach to paint is primarily sculptural, tending to take back the paint to reveal her chosen subject matter.


“My work is focused on life, from childhood to old age and everything in between – our dreams, our wishes, our fears. Then we grow up and all we have to do is close our eyes and we are straight back there. This is the emotion I am intent on capturing, I don’t wish to dictate through my work, I simply want to express an emotion which can be interpreted differently by everyone. We all have our own story which I believe influences how we see things”.


Bernadette’s sculptural work has evolved into bronze, “An exciting journey to move from something so fragile to a medium that will be around for many lifetimes” she says.

She exhibits twice yearly in Art Ireland RDS Dublin, has exhibited in Bank of Ireland offices Dublin, Eigse Carlow and her work is also part of Wexford County Councils art collection.