While born in New Orleans, Bernard has lived in the woods north of the lake since 1991. “I grew up in New Orleans until I was 10, lived in Covington during my ‘huckleberry years,’ then was home to New Orleans by 15 to eventually graduate from St. Martin’s. In 1991, I left New Orleans to live in the woods,” says Bernard. “I didn’t want to see any buildings, just trees and quiet. However, a deep well of memories, associations and visual and mental images, along with recollections of a French Catholic upbringing, followed me. All of these associations have evolved as a result of living some 30 years in a city so entrenched in mystery, decadence, spiritual archeology and architectural exotica."
From Leah Draffen "DIGGING UP MEMORIES" INSIDE NORTHSIDE Nov. 2019