Bernadette Cali is a southern Low Country Artist who
has long held a romance with the sea island landscape. Born in New Jersey
in 1952, she grew up in a rural dairy farm setting approximately 20
miles outside of New York City. After studying at Rutgers University
she longed to leave the hustle of the metropolitan area. A trip to West
Africa left her ripe for a love of the South Carolina sea islands when
in 1977 she became a resident of Wadmalaw Island. There she found the
same elegant hospitality of places such a Ghana and Sierra Leone. Her
original watercolors hang in homes and galleries from the Virgin Islands
to New York City.
Bernadette has begun a series of large underwater reef
paintings but her first love remains the vanishing life style of her
friends and neighbors of the islands. She expresses this lifestyle in
three print series now out: Rockville, Turn
of the Century, On
the Road to Rockville and Out
to the Islands.
Bernadette lives on the islands where she teaches art
and writes an article for the local newspaper.