Meet Bernie

My name is Bernie Dignam and my love of creativity stretches back to my childhood years. I am a professional artist and teacher with over 20 years experience teaching art and design.
I have exhibited my work in Ireland and USA. My work can be found in private collections in Ireland, USA, UK, France, Germany, Turkey, Australia and Singapore.

Inspired by Nature

Drama in nature, particularly in relation to light, focuses my attention and offers me a challenge in representing this intensity. At times the interaction creates striking, spectacular and beautiful combinations of colours, tones and textures.

My techniques

I like to respond intuitively to the ideas that capture my imagination in nature and mythology. I respond to a variety of themes, sometimes mixing media to communicate the appropriate response. I use ancient textile techniques: – felting, weaving & batik, along with various printmaking techniques.



Most visitors to Connemara are only able to obtain fleeting impressions of the area’s visual richness and depth. My work offers the viewer an opportunity to experience those dramatic moments in the landscape.



Batik is a resist method using wax and dye to create surface decoration on fabric. I use this medium to create vibrant pieces both abstract and figurative.

Felt Making

The ancient craft of felt making is an opportunity to play with colour & texture using wool and silk fibres to create my unique pieces.

Print Making

I like to explore a variety of techniques in printmaking including collograph, drypoint, aluminium and copper etching, chine collé, carborundum and aquatint.

Tapestry weaving

Tapestry weave is a traditional technique used for centuries, it uses various fibres and yarns to depict the inspirational Connemara landscape.

Posters & Cards

Some of my most impressive works are reproduced on posters and greeting cards, personally signed to add a distinctive, unique touch.


Creative workshops

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Indulge your creative impulse in the presence of Nature

Explore your creativity - Create unique pieces of art - Learn a creative skill - Immerse yourself in mindfulness

Unleash your inner artist and explore your creativity using ancient crafts and natural materials with local artist, Bernie Dignam, owner of Connemara Creative. Following a long and successful career in teaching, Bernie has created a unique experience at her studio in one of Connemara’s most breath-taking settings overlooking the Twelve Bens mountains and Garraunbaun lake.
Offering quality tuition, workshops are designed for intimate groups with a focus on mindfulness and bringing out the inner creativity and confidence in each person through existing or bespoke workshops.
All equipment, including materials and refreshments, are provided as part of the course fee.


Connemara Creative Key Highlights 

Create original art using ancient & contemporary techniques - explore Bernie’s Fine Art pieces
Enjoy the creative ambience of a professional artists studio within an inspirational setting
Beautiful Location overlooking Twelve Bens mountains and Garraunbaun lake
Connemara Hub convenient to key Connemara locations including Kylemore Abbey and Clifden
Quality time to spend with family, friends, like-minded people in a stress free environment
Catering meals can be pre-ordered - unlimited tea/coffee available at each workshop