After 25 years as an established artist on Martha’s Vineyard, Ma., Bernard Fierro relocated to Arizona, finding ample inspiration in the moods, shapes and brilliant light of the upper Sonoran desert. During the past eighteen years, he has created a distinctive body of work in both oil and acrylic–direct compositions encompassing subjects as divers as the sprawling desert landscapes and portraits, as well as ranch animals found on and around LuckyPup Ranch in the foothills of Tucson’s Rincon Mountains. There he shares twenty horses and five dogs with his wife Heidi.
His work strives to communicate unlikeness as well as likenesses; accomplishing this has made Mr. Fierro’s singular canvasses popular among collectors. He shows his work in the Tucson area and the East Coast, and has been represented by the Chaparral Fine Arts Gallery in Bozeman, Mt since 1995.
Mr. Fierro attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1956 to 1960. He studied painting and drawing with Walter Stuempfig, Julius Block, Hobson Pitman and Morris Blackburn. In 1960 he was
awarded the Cecelia Beaux Portrait Prize and was honored twice with traveling grants: the Cresson Award and the Henry Scheidt Memorial Prize which enabled him to travel to Europe in 1959 and 1961 where he was influenced by Velasquez and Goya and the French and Italian masters, as well as the cave painters of Altamira, Spain.
His work is in private and corporate collections here and abroad.