Southern Elegance 

                      Reflections of the South


Original Paintings, Sculptures, Dolls and 

Wood Carvings 

 by 

Louisiana Artist, JoAnn Bernard

 

Jo Ann Bernard, is a self-taught  artist of 30 years.  In the 70's she discovered a hidden talent to recreate Louisiana landscapes through oil painting.  Eventually, she evolved to painting portraits.  After that in the early 80's her creative energy went toward duck carving.   She attended Willy Badeaux's duck carving workshops.   In 1987, she began sculpting.  Jo Ann enjoyed creating pieces that expressed her love for Louisiana history. Through trial and error she created a line of character dolls that are reproduced in clay. The Introduction / Bio button below connects to the site that defines the development of her doll-making techniques. The Louisiana Heritage Doll buttons lead to the large doll photo pages. When viewing the large photo page refer to JoAnn's Comments to read about her experiences, inspirations and thoughts during the production of the Louisiana Heritage Dolls, "Days of Old".  From the large doll photo page travel to the story pages for each character doll.  We invite you to experience Louisiana by surfing through our web pages.  Click on the Oil Painting button and view her Louisiana Swamp Scenes Paintings, French Quarter Scene Paintings, Magnolia Paintings, Slate Paintings and Louisiana Plantation Paintings.

African American Dolls

An original clay doll collection, for the doll collecting enthusiast

Original African American Dolls recreating Louisiana Life in the 1800's.  Learn about Louisiana Culture through this African American Heritage Doll collection inspired by sketches, photographs and stories of the 1800's.  These African American lifelike handmade dolls have attached booklets and display cards with short historical essays about the character.  All dolls are reproduced in clay using JoAnn Bernard's plaster molds developed from her original doll designs. Doll wigs, clothing, dress designs, and props are all handmade by the artist.

 African American Heritage Character Dolls include -  African American, Quadroon Dolls, Creoles of Color Dolls, Voodoo Queen Dolls, Mardi Gras Dolls and other Dolls depicting Louisiana Characters.

African American Heritage Dolls by JoAnn Bernard

African American Heritage Dolls


American Heritage Dolls

Louisiana Heritage Doll Collection

American Heritage Character Dolls of the 1800's include - Cajun Dolls, Creole Dolls, Southern Belle Dolls and more. 

Louisiana Heritage Dolls by JoAnn Bernard

Louisiana Heritage Dolls


Original Oil Paintings by JoAnn Bernard

Plantation Paintings  Magnolia Paintings, Streetcar Paintings, Swamp Scene Paintings, New Orleans French Quarter Scene Paintings, and more

Click here to view Plantation Paintings

Oil Paintings


Giclee Prints for Sale

Click here for  Giclee Print Availability and Price information

Click here for print prices and availability


Black Heritage
Figurines

African American Sculptured Slates

Figurines, Sculptured Slates/sketches by JoAnn Bernard

Figurines, Sculptured Slates and Inspirational sketches


 Duck Carvings

Duck Carvings by JoAnn Bernard

Duck Carving


Menu Options

African American Heritage Dolls by JoAnn Bernard

African American Heritage Dolls

Louisiana Heritage Dolls by JoAnn Bernard

Louisiana Heritage Dolls

Figurines, Sculptured Slates/sketches by JoAnn Bernard

Figurines, Sculptured Slates and Inspirational sketches

Oil Paintings by JoAnn Bernard

Oil Paintings

Duck Carvings by JoAnn Bernard

Duck Carving

Click here to read about me

Doll Making Techniques/Bio

 


For more information email southern-elegance@cox.net or info@southernelegance.net