Bernice Sims was born in 1926, in Hickory Hill, Alabama, and died Oct 23, 2014.
Bernice was the eldest of ten children. She was raised mostly by her grandmother until at age sixteen she married and had six children of her own. Later in life she returned to school and received her high school diploma. She became interested in painting
during school excursions to museums.
Bernice is a memory painter who paints colorful, vibrant scenes from her life in Brewton, Alabama. She took part in the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama and that experience has been a recurring theme in her paintings.
One of Bernice’s paintings which depicts the crossing of the bridge in Selma during the civil rights march was selected for a United States postage stamp.
Bernice is included in many publications on the subject of self-taught art. Her work is also included in the permanent collection of the High Museum in Atlanta and the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan, AL.
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