Mike Bernard begins each work by making in situ sketches. Subjects will vary from harbour coastal views to street and market scenes and the occasional still life. He is selective when describing detail, wanting to portray only the essence of the subject.
Back in the studio he starts making his work by layering paper collage, newspaper, tissue, leaflets and magazines onto his surface. When the glue is dry, he applies acrylic ink in bold random strokes. His freedom of line encourages what he likes to call ‘happy accidents’, allowing his work to retain a semi- abstract, impressionistic feel, which engages the viewers’ imagination. Through this state of chaos, however, he still endeavours to define the subject through various drawing techniques, to a finished stage where the subject has recognisable passages.