Bernard Beaudry is an Ottawa native who began exploring his creative side upon retiring to the Westport, Ontario area in 1987. His first artistic endeavor, “Iron Folk Art” sculptures, are still in great demand. Wood carving and wood-working are also art avenues he pursues but oil painting has become his passion. Encouraged by a talented and dedicated teacher in Florida, he began by winning amateur artist contests in 1998, 2000, and 2001. He joined the Rideau Lakes Artists' Association (RLAA) and began displaying his paintings in galleries at Balderson, Brockville, and Parks Canada exhibits, two studio tours, and numerous art shows of the RLAA . He is also a member of Arts Carleton Place and exhibits his “critters” at the Railway Station Depot. His paintings and sculptures are featured in collections across Canada and the US, his sculptures as far north as Iqaluit and as far south as Florida; his paintings as far west as Alberta and California.