East Ham fashion designer quits Paris to pursue passion to paint

Bernie Clarkson

Bernie Clarkson - Credit: Archant

Artist Bernie Clarkson developed her passion for painting after spending four years in Paris working as a fashion designer.

Her passion for painting was born out of her former job role and led her to finally decide to go back and study her new-found craft.

“It was a coincidence how I got into painting, as I have always been into art but my daughter went to a new friend’s house in the first month we were in Paris and the mum happened to be a painter, so I ended up joining her art class.”

Bernie moved to East Ham two years ago to be closer to her daughter and family after completing a degree and masters at Newcastle University.

When she is not spending time painting and working in the studio, the 62-year-old, from Strone Road, East Ham, enters her art works in competitions.

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Bernie said “painting is her passion” and she would love to meet up with other artists in East Ham.

“I would love someone to set up a group for artists here so we could all join up and talk or have a meeting every so often, also paint then give each other feedback,” she said.

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Most recently, she entered and won the Signature Art Prize competition. She said she was “thrilled and surprised” at the win.

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