Born in West London to Irish parents, Bernadette Griffin (neé O’Mahony) moved to Streatham in the early 1990s. In recent years, she joined the thriving community of Streatham Artists and regularly exhibits in the area, and as part of Streatham Festival. A self-taught artist who paints mainly large abstract acrylics, Bernadette has latterly produced more portraits and landscapes; the freedom to go with the flow, the commission, the size of canvas or feel of material, often decides the genre and topic. Bernadette usually spends weeks on a piece of art and is not afraid to scrape off or paint over work, if needed. This leads to a gritty, depth of tone, and the finished result is often a surprise to the artist herself.

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Venue names and addresses:
Emma Wilson Spa,  108C Streatham High Road, SW16 1BW
The Railway Pub  2 Greyhound Lane, SW16 5SD