Author Archives: Bernadette

About Bernadette

Portraits of Animals features my latest fine artwork and photography, original art and prints, handmade creations, apparel, housewares, gift items, greeting card sets, books and calendars inspired by my household of felines and the beauty of nature. In every moment of every day, everywhere I go, I see something extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring. I am moved to share it by interpreting it in a medium that most clearly expresses my inspiration in that moment, be that medium visual or literary, 2D, 3D, poetry or prose or some combination thereof. I only hope to do honor to the moment and fill others with the same blush of joy I felt at first experiencing it. On this site I present the results of those efforts to interpret my inspirations—my cats, commissioned cats and dogs, wildlife, landscapes, flowers, waterscapes, just about anything that crosses my path.

April Nature Desktop Calendar: Emerging Spring

A scene tucked away along my favorite trail, I’ve visualized this spring painting for probably all the 20 years I’ve been walking this trail. Carefully tiptoeing through the brush at the edge of the opposite bank I leaned out, holding on to a sapling for balance, to see the suddenly brilliant mosses contrasting with the […]

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Marketplace: Three Favorite Gift Books for $25.00, Limited Time

Stuck inside? Enjoy some artwork! I’m offering my three art books as a package for a special discounted price so you can look at 36 samples of my art from fine art to loose brush pen sketch, color up your own pages in a pocket-size coloring book, and enjoy fine art portraits and cat rescue […]

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Purr! New Design and New Products

PURR! Here’s the new design I previewed last month and all the things I’ve made with it: tote bag, accessory bag, shelf-sitter/wall sign and matted print. Read all about the design and all the stuff on The Creative Cat: Marketplace: Purr!

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Recurring Themes, “Paths I Have Walked”, and My First Poetry Reading

This poetry reading was my first ever, held at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall (ACFL&MH). It was combined with an art exhibit in the same room that helped, literally, to illustrate the theme. Paths I Have Walked The Poetry and Art of Bernadette E. Kazmarski Thursday, February 1, 2007, 7:00 p.m. Andrew […]

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Honorable Mention in North Hills Art Center Exhibit “Where Love Dwells”

Ironically, I wasn’t going to enter this painting, but a friend presumed I would enter “Studio Morning Shift” and I reconsidered. It was honored with an Honorable Mention in the Winter show at the North Hills Art Center. Looks like home to me! Where Love Dwells benefits Hello Neighbor, a Pittsburgh nonprofit “committed to supporting […]

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Another Painting and Essay Published in “Woods Reader”

In 2018 I submitted for publication a few of my paintings and their stories to nature-themed magazines and websites. Woods Reader responded with interest and in 2019 they published “The Rope Swing”. When I sent my submission to them I had sent one painting and essay, and later as we discussed other possible stories I […]

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February Feline Desktop Calendar: New Painting, “Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats”

I just couldn’t resist when Sienna decided to help me make the bed by showing me her belly and looking coy. Especially on that woven throw with its all-over pattern of fruits and leaves, I just had to draw her! Read more and download your feline desktop calendar: Featured Artwork and February Desktop Calendar: New […]

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Biding Time

What do doves do all day? Just kind of hang out waiting for something to happen? The doves always seem to have some purpose beyond just sitting there, but sit they will for hours, moving only slightly, perhaps waiting for friends to join them. These doves are waiting in the maple tree outside my bedroom […]

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Dusk in the Woods

I took the reference photos for this painting on January 30, 2005, so it’s an anniversary of sorts. It’s a painting of the woods in snow, but in addition to how I love snow and to be in the woods, it’s also deeply connected to several other things in my life in a special way. […]

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“Scratch Your Claws Here” Doormats

This is another project I’ve been waiting to see come to fruition—my own black cat silhouette doormats! I decided to make a few during my virtual open house in October, in part to answer some questions about materials and designs for me, and to gather feedback on the whole idea. The idea was a hit, […]

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