Bernie Rowell

As a child I learned this one true thing: making art made me happy. That is still true today. I have to be an artist; it’s how I heal myself, how I must spend my time. I have made my living as an artist for more than 25 years, so I must be doing something right!

The solitary aspect of studio work is my daily meditation, and the problem solving that art making requires keeps me interested. People tell me they thoroughly enjoy living with my art quilts. I think that is because I put a lot of positive energy and passion into creating them.

I’ve been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild for more than 30 years, and my art quilts hang in dozens of hospitals, homes, and businesses. Galleries and special exhibitions show my work, and national magazines have written stories about my painted quilts. I not only create art quilts, I occasionally teach others about quilting and art.

When I’m not working in my studio, I work in the garden, cherish visits from my adult children, and frequent the Asheville farmers’ market that make cooking with my husband Robert an everyday joy.