Born with Down syndrome in Nashville, Tenn., artist Bernadette Resha has collected a sizable following in the worldwide art community. From an early age she was encouraged to draw and color in her own style as a form of expression and therapy. This has resulted in a body of work that documents an artist developing a unique style entirely her own. Her exposure to the art world and culture started as a child visiting as many art galleries, museums, concert halls and plays with her family, as time would allow.
With an artist grandmother and a mother fully committed to allowing Bernadette to use this medium of self expression for as far as she would care to take it, Bernadette now exhibits in numerous art galleries, including several venues in New York, art and craft shows throughout Southeast, and attends many disAbility conferences throughout the United States showing and selling her work.
Says Bernadette: "My goals are to increase my skills. I want to improve on painting three dimensionally, on lighting and form, plus shape and shadows, and to learn how to better blend colors.”
Art is such an integral part of Bernadette’s life that if all her paints were taken away, she would, instead, sit for hours drawing.