From the onset of his career Bernard Poulin's deft hand at creating sensitive yet powerful portraits quickly set the stage for his international reputation. Children and adults alike are rendered with sincere affection and respect, hallmarks of Poulin's empathy for those he loves to paint.
Though portraiture has always been his first love, Poulin is also well recognized for luminous landscapes and elegant still-life compositions emanating from his expeditions to Italy, France and Israel.
His work graces the walls of many private and corporate collections from the United States to Australia, from Beijing to London and from Canada to Bermuda. Poulin has rendered official portraits of royalty, the clergy, the judiciary, key academic as well as corporate and political figures.
Bernard Aime Poulin's apprenticeship officially began in 1967 while the launch of his full time professional career took place in 1978. During this eleven year span, he honed his technical skills and tested the critical waters of local, regional and national exhibiting. Poulin's strong design sense and sculptor's eye have brought about commissions incorporating two and three-dimensional surfaces and space. Several three dimensional murals can be seen in Ottawa, Canada. The artist enjoys blending paint with wood, marble, acrylic and sculpted bronze. As his medium of choice for more than thirty years, Bernard favours the attributes of translucent alkyd oils over the more popular acrylic colours.
A sought after lecturer, Poulin holds international workshops and conferences which are sold-out events. His educational television programs have been translated and distributed internationally. Bernard Poulin has also penned articles published in professional art magazines. He is the author of seven books, the last five published by North Light Books of Cincinnati, Ohio. His latest: "The Complete Colored Pencil Book", (1992) was translated in Paris France, in 1995. This book has since sold 65,000+ copies. In the Spring of 2002, this same book was re-issued in soft-cover.
A recipient of several awards of merit, Bernard Poulin is also a member of the Bermuda Society of the Arts. He is presently the First Vice President of the Colored Pencil Society of America, is listed in the Who's Who of Canada and is a Senior Member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists as well as its President. The "Bernard A. Poulin Scholarships" created in 1990 by the Hadassah-Wizo Organization of Canada are available to deserving art students.
As formal anatomy and classic drawing classes were rare during the 1950s and 60s, (due to a general "here's a canvas, here's a brush, express yourself" approach to art education) Bernard created his own apprenticeship program which included a study trip to Italy. After a self-styled eleven year apprenticeship, the artist eventually terminated his Special Education work, embracing a full time career the visual arts, as a portrait painter, in 1978.
Bernard Poulin is a graduate of the Ottawa University Bilingual Teacher's College (1965). He later obtained his Specialist Certificate in Special Education (1969). Bernard taught both in French and in English throughout his teaching career. In 1966 he established the first French classes in Ontario to meet the needs of children with emotional difficulties. He later joined Dr. Gordon McClure at the newly established M.F. McHugh School at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. While there, he taught in both French and English and was a member of several multi-disciplinary psychiatric teams at the Hospital. Bernard, because of his extensive experience in the field, was also involved in the final design of the academic and therapeutic interior spaces of the newly constructed school on the hospital grounds. In the last two years of his work at M.F. McHugh, Bernard spear-headed the French Adolescent Unit at the Ecole de La Salle portion of the M.F. McHugh School complex.
Apart from his full time teaching duties, Bernard was also a visiting professor for the Ontario Department of Education, Algonquin College in Ottawa, the Faculty of Education at Ottawa University and the Science de l'Úducation faculty at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.
A recognized lecturer he has written several articles on children and family dynamics and onvarious other topics related to Special Education.
Maureen 36 x 30 in. Oil on canvas
Mrs Joan Simpson and Max 40 x 30 in. Oil on canvas
Waterlilies and Goldfish 24 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
Jean Chretien Study - 5 Images Oil on canvas
St Tropez - Cote d'Azur 18 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
Peillon - arriere, plan - Provence 30 x 40 in. Oil on canvas