“I paint because I have to. I wake up thinking in color and gesture and lines wriggle up my spine. I am now a mother, a washer of dirty hands and smiling faces, a cooker of kale chips and preparer of pack lunches. But that need persists. My current work is in collaboration with my children. I start my work with colored grounds, colored pens and crafting intentions and I ask my children to draw. They do not draw what I expect them to. Such is life, I work with images that I like to ruminate on, images about how to parent, how to play, what can I learn from my children, what I should teach them, how can I love them more. Somehow in the mix of the studio; a painting is born”

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Amy Bernays

I am from London. I have a Fine Art BA honors from a Central St Martins in London.  I moved to the US in 2001. I ran Sunset Ranch, a horse riding barn under the Hollywood sign for 4 years. I went back to London in 2005-07. I did a post grad in Painting. I came back to LA and worked for an animal training company, acting as an agent for animals for the film and TV industry. Then got lucky in Realestate. I got married and had kids (yay!), got divorced (Boo!) and remarried (Yay! again).  I am currently a mum, a award winning Super Host on Airbnb; and just starting to exhibit my paintings again. 


Foundation, Chelsea School of Fine Art, London 1997-98

Fine Art BA Honors, Central St Martins, London 1998 -2001

Post Graduate Diploma, Dali school at CSM, London 2006

Awards & Distinctions:

shortlisted Mercury Art Award 2006

Professional/Teaching Experience:

Airbnb Experiances


Chop Chop salon, Los Angeles January 2020 

Shifting Narratives, LA Mayors offices and Mount St Mary’s University,


Open I Art Space, 


My children where born 2010 & 2012

Art for Youth, The Royal College of Art, London, 2010

Project Ethos, Hollywood, 2010

Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles, 2010

Create fixate, Broken, Downtown Los Angeles, July 2009

Affordable Art Fair, London 2007 - 2009

Ideal Home Show, London 2006 - 2009

Art for Youth, The Mall Gallery, London, October 2009, 2008

Centered on the Center, Huntingdon Beach Art Center, Orange County, California 2008

BA (Honors) Degree Show, Central St Martins College, 2001

Exhibit 99, Annual showcase of fine art from all London Institute colleges, 1999


"The great artist is the simplifier"

Vincent Van Gogh





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these are the paintings I have been doing with the children.




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