Bernie Dignam has lived in Connemara since the 1990s. In this time, she has developed a reputation as a professional artist and one the most important art educators in the area. In addition to her work with several third-level institutions, she has engaged with all levels and abilities within her community. She delivers workshops and programmes in printmaking and textiles from her home studio, where she also showcases her work. These workshops are catalysing for many and are essential to the creative pulse of the community.
Having completed a degree in design from D.I.T. Bernie completed a further year of study at Limerick School of Art & Design. During this year she was introduced to a variety of media where printmaking and textiles left an indelible mark on her.
She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally for the last two decades and her work is in many private collections worldwide.
She writes, “Drama in nature focuses my attention and offers me a challenge in representing this intensity in my environment. As well as a variety of themes, I like to explore personal issues through my work. As an interdisciplinary artist I use a variety of materials & processes, each medium conveys a different narrative about my environment & the various themes that inspire my work.”