Rita Bernier is an artist who draws the inspiration for her work from the atmosphere and color of the Cape Cod landscape. Her favorite subjects are the quiet beauty of the Cape and portraits of children. She feels that having the gift of being able to draw and paint is a blessing that has given her life a wonderful dimension.
Rita was raised in Weymouth and lived in Medfield and Southboro before moving to Cape Cod in 2003. She received a BA degree with a major in art education and a BFA degree with a major in studio art from Emmanuel College. She also received a Master’s Degree from Lesley College in Creative Arts in Teaching. She was an art teacher in the Medfield school system from 1980-2003 having taught grades one through 12. The majority of her teaching years were spent at the high school level teaching advanced studio classes. She has also taught adult education classes in drawing and painting.
Rita is a member of the Sandwich Arts Alliance, the Northside artists, The Falmouth Art Center, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. She is also in exhibiting artist at the Hillport Gallery in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
She has studied with such artists as Judi Betts, Tim Clark, Doug Dawson, Paul George, Anne Heywood, Robert Douglas Hunter, Tom Lynch, George Shedd, Richard McKinley, Loretta Feeney and Bill Maloney. Although she is primarily a pastel artist, Rita also works in watercolor, oi and acrylic. Rita has been accepted into many juried shows on Cape Cod and has won numerous awards for her work. She has exhibited her work in many galleries on and off Cape and her work can be seen at the Hillport Gallery (hillportgallery.com) and on her website.