Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, followed by post graduates studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Mall Galleries, Royal Festival Hall and many other galleries in London and the provinces. He has also gained awards and prizes for his paintings, including the Stowells Trophy, the Elizabeth Greenshield Fellowship, Silver Longboat Award and Laing Award. Mike was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (R.I.) in 1997 and in the 1999 R.I. Exhibition at the Mall Galleries was awarded the Kingsmead Gallery Award.
Mike enjoys experimenting with media and techniques, often using mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics. He also uses oils and watercolour. Within his paintings he tries to develop exciting textures and light, combining these qualitites into original semi-abstract images of landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, still life and figurative compositions.