We have expanded our rich collection of unique and diverse fine art to include that of award-winning mixed water media artist Bernie Herr.
In his early years, he worked primarily in oils with a more realistic approach. After he headed west in the 80’s, watercolor peaked his interest. He credits Kathryn Davis and Pat Knipe, local artists and teachers, who provided a springboard for his experimentation in watercolor. Herr’s current work may include gouache, watercolor inks, ink, acrylics and watercolor, of course. Over the years his vibrant eclectic style transitioned toward a more abstract style, which includes a diverse collection of subject matter.
Color is a big part of his extensive repertoire of unique art pieces. “A world without color is a gloomy place,” Bernie says. Just when you think you recognize his style, he fools you with creativity and comes up with something entirely new. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.
They say true artists practice their craft daily, so Bernie is definitely a true artist, as he is creating daily out in his compact little studio. Bernie has won many awards including those awarded in Celebrate Arts, The Emerald Art Center, The Watercolor Society of Oregon, where he has reached platinum level of achievement. His work is shown up and down the coast of Oregon. Herr has always been interested in art and attended a high school dedicated to the arts, before he went on to become a physical Education teacher in New Jersey.
Bernie is very proud of his two daughters, Jan, who is a doctor, and attorney, and Beth, who is opening a gallery in Boston dedicated to Bernie’s paintings. “I am happy to be accepted into Backstreet Gallery,” says Herr. Backstreet Gallery is also pleased that Bernie hangs along side of 24 other talented Florence artists.