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Sensitivity & Soul

We knew him through his art.
Looking at Bernards painting was
like looking directly into Bernards heart
so beautiful…so generous, he revealed much
with such extraordinary sensitivity
and such nuanced feeling
he spoke to us.

Emotions so real
feelings so tender
following the contours of his heart
the journeys of his mind
All his eyes had it
windows into the beauty that resided in his soul.
Eyes that would hold your attention
turning glances into stares of wonder
thoughts into feelings of awe.

As admirers and viewers of his art
we always responded emotionally to his marks
He conveyed such an extreme sensitivity,
a gentleness and awareness of human emotion
that was unique in his style.

Learning of his leaving
threw us into a state of shock
Bernard left without a warning
gone…with grace and dignity…he departed
leaving his art in his wake…
a transcendent and magnificent legacy.

Just his art from his heart
that revealed his vulnerability
and defined his humanity
and depicted his genius

His style, his own
speaking from a voice within with:
the nuance of emotion
the boldness of lines
the expressiveness of his eyes
the sensualness of his nudes
the humanity and the touch of playfulness
always close to the surface

The breadth and depth of emotion
always left us reaching for words
to define these feelings
Words fell short as his paintings
took us on journeys where words cannot go.

His bold and sweeping strokes of confidence
Showed in his masterful and beautiful work.
A true artist with the brilliance
the genius, the power that urged him to
create masterpiece after masterpiece

Oh Bernard our friend,
Our peer in art
Your finesse and grace
with the genius of your heart
will speak to us forever with reverie

We thank you for the your art
and your heart that
touched our lives and
will forever more
Rest in peace beautiful friend.
You will never be forgotten
Your beautiful art will remind us
of your soul always and take
us deeper into the mysteries of our own.
Sleep well dear Bernard,
Sleep well, and in peace, friend.

We send our love and deepest sympathies
to Bernard’s Family and Close Friends.

By Anthea Slade

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A Tribute to A Peer…Bernard…

Introduction & Painting by Reynaldo
Poem by Anthea

When I started to paint this work Bernard came to mind…..his style of work and even though I cannot create his style, as each artist has a signature style, even if the artist can create different styles, his signature style always comes through in some form. The more I worked on this painting the more he came to mind. It was almost as if he was standing behind me.

I didn’t really know Bernand all that well…… but I knew his work and It always moved me…

Reynaldo

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  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 4 years ago

    When I started to paint this work Bernard came to mind…..his style of work and even though I cannot create his style, as each artist has a signature style, even if the artist can create different styles, his signature style always comes through in some form. The more I worked on this painting the more he came to mind. It was almost as if he was standing behind me.

    I didn’t really know Bernand all that well…… but I knew his work and It always moved me…

    Reynaldo

    A Tribute To A Peer…..Bernard by Reynaldo

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 4 years ago

    What an incredible moving tribute to an obviously very special and talented artist. I have no doubt wherever he is he is smiling so big, and so grateful, as his family and loved ones must be too. Certainly hope they are able to see this also. Deeply moving. You should be very proud of such wonderful work. xoxoxo

  • Oh dearest Shar thank you for this most lovely comment on our dedication and tribute to the fabulous artist Bernard. His wife has seen and read this tribute. Your beautiful words warm my soul. Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas my friend. xx

    – Anthea Slade

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerover 4 years ago

    This is a great collaboration!

  • Thank you so very much Leon for this beautiful comment. I hope you have a blessed Christmas.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 4 years ago

    Stunning and powerful tribute both in these words written by Anthea and this great portrait painted by Reynaldo fantastic collaboration.

  • Thank you so much my dearest friend Renate for this beautiful comment. I hope you are having a blessed and beautiful Christmas day.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 4 years ago

    excellent collaboration dear Anthea! xo

  • Thank you so much my lovely friend Ushna. I pray you have a blessed and beautiful Christmas.

    – Anthea Slade

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