Paulette and Tom Berner in the Gallery at Cool Beans
Cool Beans Coffee and Tea, located at 141 W High St, Bellefonte, PA 16823
PIXELS AND BRISTLES®
Even before they married, Paulette and Tom Berner were compiling albums of their trip. At first, the albums were nothing out of the ordinary: snapshots behind clear plastic that adhered to the sticky back of the page. When Tom switched from film to digital, the albums started to evolve.
The biggest change occurred after Paulette bought her own digital camera to record images to paint later. Then the albums took on a new dimension and that’s when Pixels and Bristles® was not only born, but registered.
Following a practice run, the Berners published their first book, Chianti From a Tuscan Villa, based on a trip the Berners took with the Penn State Alumni Association. The book contained Tom’s photographs (pixels) and Paulette’s paintings (bristles). They have subsequently published books on trips to Cuba, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Wales, several Baltic countries and Iceland. Like the book on Chianti, Eye on Cuba was also done as a commercial work.
Paulette’s work covers a range of media. She paints with water color, acrylic, oil, and pastels. Then one day she started to paint on her iPad and it opened up a new medium for her. She has created more than 150 works on her iPad alone, including several for the last three Pixels and Bristles® books.
Although Tom has not ventured beyond using a camera to capture his images, he has changed the way he captures and processes them. He now shoots high dynamic range images most of the time, which allows for greater detail throughout the photograph. He also keeps a polarizing filter on his lens, and that makes the colors snap, especially the blues.
Sometimes Paulette and Tom work on individual projects. Tom has become well known as a barn photographer and has self-published two books titled Pennsylvania Barn Stories and Pennsylvania Quilt Barns. The latter book received a first place in competition sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women. He’s working on a photo project about churches in Centre County.
In the meantime, Paulette is making a quilt for each of their seven grandchildren.Monday - Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays