Biography

Bernard Major“Bernie” made his transition to oil paints several years ago after being a watercolourist most of his adult life. Since then he has immersed himself in this wonderful medium, exploring its endless qualities. A style has emerged rich in colour and texture. The key elements of his paintings are an appealing composition, strong contrast in value and colour and an interesting story.

Bernie has traveled around the world gathering a vast collection of material for his work.  His most recent trip to Egypt will be the source of a new series of paintings showing the beauty of the Nile and the mysteries of the Cairo bazaars.

An active member of the Federation of Canadian Artist, he has won numerous awards and been featured in solo and group exhibitions.  His work is in private collections in Canada, the USA and Great Britain.

Born in London, England Bernie served in the military as a young man and then joined the London Metropolitan Police, where he worked as a Scotland Yard detective before emigrating to Canada in 1969.  He started his own private investigation company which he ran until he retired in 1999 when he devoted his energy to painting and became a full time artist.

Bernie lives with his wife Sue, his Labrador Retrievers and cats on acreage in South Langley, British Columbia.  On his farm he has an old barn that he converted into his studio.  Every week a group of local artists, now named  "Artists of Bernie's Barn", get together there to paint.  Periodically they display their work in group shows.

Bernie’s other passion is music. He plays the tenor saxophone in the Langley Concert Band. Often, he and Sue take time out to play music together, Sue on her Clavinova piano and Bernie on his sax.

“Art, in all its forms is the breath of life for me.  Sharing my work with my family and friends is the greatest joy possible.  I hope it never ends".