My name is Bernie O’ Brien and I work from my home in Skryne Co. Meath. Growing up by the River Erne and surrounded by the beautiful countryside in Co. Cavan I developed a love of nature and an interest in art. With a background in Nursing and Midwifery, I am very aware of the importance of treasuring every moment in life. As my own family have grown up so quickly, I realise how ‘time flies’. It is important to celebrate all of life’s occasions to create memories with our family and friends. I am delighted to sit at my table with my box of stones and twigs and work away making my pictures. I loved creating my first pieces for special people in my life as gifts for Christmas 2015 and from there my business was born!
About the Picture
A little Irish Birdie is a collection of unique art pieces. Each piece is designed and handmade by me using the natural materials from Ireland – twigs, pebbles, or sand. A special piece can be created to celebrate and commemorate a range of life events. Each ‘Birdie’ symbolises the people to be represented within the picture and as the ‘Birdies’ are gender-neutral they are ideal for creating gifts suitable for family units, blended families, single-parent families, same-sex couples, etc. The picture is completed by adding a handwritten caption which brings the piece ‘to life’ and makes it meaningful for the person receiving it. Many people choose my pieces to remember loved ones who are sadly no longer with us. I can sensitively capture the memory of a loved one and create a personalised cherished gift. There’s a ‘Birdie’ for everyone!
My new range launched in 2020. This includes acrylic painting and acrylic pours on canvas. They incorporate the colours and shapes of nature and are expressed in a contemporary style. These stylish pieces complement the modern home or office.