"As a figurative sculptor for over 20 years, I am forever in awe of the uniqueness and beauty of each subject. Portraits are my most rewarding works, and every one feels fresh, as though I am beginning for the first time. The reward for me is in the knowing.. working to reveal the beauty that lies inside each of us. It is a pure and yet intimate process that humbles me, and one that I continually feel privileged to be part of. Finally, I wish to hold true the meaning of the phrase “fine art”, and to pursue the thought that my work must continue to reach toward its worthiness of this title."
Kim Bernadas works in bronze and fired clay, welcomes public/private commissions for portrait busts, reliefs, as well as miniature to monumental figurative and animal sculpture.
Kim Bernadas sculpts in clay using a classical approach, achieving an uncanny likeness to her subjects. She uses emotion and knowledge of form to express the uniqueness of each individual. As an elected member of the Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas, the sensitivity of her portraits reveal the depth of her talent. Kim’s artistic training began at NOAFA in 1991, where she presently teaches portrait and figurative sculpture. Additionally, Kim conducts Sculpture intensives throughout the region. Her career has included many public and private collections. In Fall of 2011, "Birth of a Muse", a lifesize bronze, was the first Post Katrina Public Art Commission, and installed as part of a revitalization project. Other noted bronze projects include Walter Dumas Bust city of Baton Rouge, Ed McKee Plaque- city of Livingston, Baby Pan for Soniat Garden and Mother and Child for Tulane Medical Center. Kim was featured in New Orleans Magazine, Homes and Lifestyles, and named 2005 WYES Artist of the Year, as well as an award winner in the 2004 National Drawing Exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico.