Carol Berning


As a toddler, I sat on the floor underneath quilts suspended in large frames as my mother, grandmothers, and their friends created delicate, feathery patterns with their stitches. Gazing up at the “stained glass” fabric, I watched them push their tiny quilting needles through the layers of muslin, cottony batting, and colorful squares. That is my earliest memory of beautiful art.

Following their lead, I grew up sewing and quilting, and many years later, I began to explore drawing and painting, studying under the guidance of Susan Truex. I enjoy painting images of people and things that are important to me, whether it’s a still life of eggs or rusty heaps, portraits of family and friends, or landscapes of lush fields or dark alley ways. I am fascinated by how light and shadow create form, bringing a two-dimensional image on canvas to life.

In addition to studying with Susan Truex, I have also participated in workshop studies with Pat Thompson, Brett Weaver, Roger Dale Brown, Richard Greathouse, Max Ginsburg, Anne Blair Brown, and Teresa Oaxaca.

I am a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, and Murfreesboro Art League.

Honors, Awards, Juried Exhibitions, Publications: *Official Portrait, Judge J.S. “Steve” Daniel, Rutherford County Judicial Building

*People’s Choice Award, “Cinnamon Queens,” Women Painters of the Southeast, 2013

*Juried, “Clover Crown,” Women Painters of the Southeast, 2014

*20th Annual Art Studio Tour, Stones River Craft Association

*Murfreesboro Magazine, April 2014

*The Art of the Portrait Tuition Scholarship, Portrait Society of America, 2014

*FASO Daily Art Show Staff Pick, “Carl’s Pond, Frozen,” 2014

*Best in Show, “Clover Crown,” Stones River Survey, 2014

*”My Hubby, Vietnam Veteran,” to be published in Strokes of Genius 8, Expressive Texture, 2016