Most of my professional life I have been a wildlife biologist doing field research on endangered animals such as spectacled bears in the Andes. In 1995 I switched careers back to paper art, something I did when I graduated from college. This time it was not painting or lithography that inspired me. When I was 9 years old my step-father Robert Olney gave me Isao Honda's book on origami and said "Here, this might interest you." Thus began 50+ years of making paper sculpture. Today paper folders consider me an origami master. The decades I spent as a field biologist observing wildlife enabled me to breath life into my own creations.
During that same time I witnessed the destruction of entire valleys and the extinction of species. What is best way to advertise this plight? The language of conservation biology is ill suited to motivate most people to preserve habitats and species. However, as a paper artist I could become a better wildlife conservationist because paper appears fragile and temporary, like our planet's resources. It has taken me the past 20 years to discover ways to make my art permanent and become an origami instructor. The latter I do at origami conventions and at the Children's Hospital in Oakland. Enjoy my site!
Here is a clip of Bernie from the 2010 Peabody Award-winning documentary "Between the Folds"