About the Artist

Bertha in her studio painting a landscape inspired by the view during a recent trip to Campobello Island.  Many reference photos were taken on that trip! Traditional original paintings of peaceful coastal views and vibrant wildflowers reflect my love for the natural beauty around our maritime home.  We live on the edge of Passamaquoddy Bay which is at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.   Passamaquoddy Bay is the link between downeast Maine and southwestern New Brunswick.   The 'Fundy Iles' (Campobello, Deer Island and Grand Manan) sit in Passamaquoddy Bay.    What a wonder this corner of the world presents to locals and visitors!!   Come check out this special place. We would love to share it with you.

I have also been fortunate enough to receive recognition for my distinctive textile designs which range from home decorating items to wearable art.  This exciting textile work, sometimes combining painting and embroidery, includes elegant scarves and bags, wallhangings, ‘Landscape Cushions’ and whimsical ‘Splendid Cats’.

The 'Textile Museum of Canada' in Toronto carries some of my work as does Botinicals in Fredericton, NB.

Please take the time to have a good look at my website and my work.   It would be great if you could take a minute to drop me a note and let me know what you think.

My artistic background:
I am self-taught with the help of books and hands-on experience.   Since 1989 I’ve developed my skills in ribbon and traditional embroidery, free motion machine work, and landscape painting.  As I’ve blended styles and worked with these various crafts, my own distinctive look has evolved. The wallhangings incorporate all of these techniques. All of my pieces are originals.

I became a juried member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council in the category of textiles in 1995. At that time I was thrilled to be named the winner of the annual Gail MacManus Memorial Award which was established to recognize the most promising newly-juried member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council. This recognition gave me great encouragement to further explore my potential.

Since that time I have ventured into traditional painting on canvas and paper. I'm always eager to discover new ways to create. This past winter I immersed myself in learning about mixed media collage. I am absolutely fascinated by the scope achievable with collage and must confess I have become a bit obsessed.  

Our town:
I live in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada which is located on Passamaquoddy Bay where the Gulf of Maine meets the Bay of Fundy. The local scenery provides the inspiration for my work - especially the florals and landscapes. St Andrews itself was originally settled by United Empire Loyalists in 1783.   A few of the older houses were originally built in Castine, Maine. They were taken apart and shipped on scows to St Andrews by the loyalists who did not want to be part of the United States.   I guess these buildings could be considered to be some of the earliest modular homes.

In the 1800's St Andrews became the summer resort for many Upper Canadians and New Englanders. Sir William Van Horne who oversaw the building of the cross Canada railway, built his home on near by Minister's Island.

There are many lovely old houses here. Our home, which also serves as my studio and gallery is 150 years old.  If you're in St Andrews and don't see my open sign, just ring the doorbell. If I'm around you are more than welcome to have see my work.

My husband Jim is a fifth generation boat builder born in Brooklin, Maine. He moved here in 1982 to teach boat building at our local community college. Unfortunately the boat building course was canceled in 1996. Some of his former students work as boat builders locally.

I am always willing to consider commission work and would be happy to talk with you about it.   You can reach me at (506) 529 8837

My catalog has photos, prices and links to all of my work.

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