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Louisiana Cajun Artist, Tony Bernard was born and raised in the unique and culturally rich city of Lafayette, Louisiana. His appreciation for Cajun culture and cuisine, in addition to his love of Louisiana’s “Sportsman’s Paradise” is evident in the way he captures it on canvas.

Tony, even at a young age loved to doodle. As a teenager, he realized that he was not only good at drawing and painting but loved doing it. With no formal training, he realized that his talent was a “Gift from God”.

Tony started in commercial art in 1983. He gained recognition for winning first place in a national art contest, which published his work in a nationwide magazine for artist. He then moved into visual art in the early 90’s and in 1993, he began his working relationship with world renowned artist George Rodrigue. Tony’s relationship with George as mentor and friend was very instrumental in his growth as an artist. Tony’s diversity in all mediums has been a passion from the start but acrylics on canvas is his favorite way to take the painting that he has created in his head and put it on canvas.

Since beginning his professional career, Tony has been commissioned to produce original art work for over 30 posters for local and regional festivals and he also produced the official Posters for Schaeffer Crawfish Boil in Birmingham, AL, the Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras in 2015 & the 2017 Gator by the Bay in San Diego, CA. He has produced art for professional athletic teams, NASCAR, SEC and Sun Belt sporting events. He has painted wildlife pieces that won him the Louisiana Duck Stamp in 2007-08 and 2014-15.

Portrait artist is another title that Tony wears. Tony was commissioned to paint the Official portrait of Governor Bobby Jindal that hangs in the Governor’s Mansion for the State of Louisiana and a portrait of First Lady Supriya Jindal. Tony was also commissioned to paint American Country Music artist Hunter Hayes.

In 2015, a long-time dream of Tony’s happened as he opened his first gallery. Initially, it was opened with Grammy Award Winner, Wayne Toups (Toups Bernard Musical Brushes) in Lafayette, Louisiana. After a year, the space became too small for both artist, so Tony went solo and renamed the gallery, Bernard Studio & Gallery.

Tony was approached by Bed, Bath and Beyond through the good eye of Stacey Lancaster of Lancaster House. BBB will be using Tony’s artwork on various products, including Tumblers, Garden Flags, Glass Cutting Boards and many more products. This opportunity has opened the door for his art to be used in a unique and different way. He will be in BBB in the Louisiana and Texas Market.

Now a days, you can find Tony at his gallery, where he paints in the company of his wife, Roxie,who runs the gallery and they get to meet and visit with his collectors and friends. Tony and Roxie reside in Lafayette, Louisiana with children Charlie, Sophie and son Clint and his wife Karin Marie with grandsons, Oliver and Spencer and granddaughter, Cecilia.