Bernie Webber (1923 - 2006)
Distinguished as the Arts Council of Snohomish 2004 Artist of the Year.
Paine Field Airport Home < Artist Bernie Webber
Growing up in
Everett, Bernie Webber witnessed this region’s development and his
watercolor paintings tell the story. Whether it’s a visual record of
everyday life nearly a century ago or what’s happening now, his art is a
fascinating window on the past, present and future of our county created
by one of its most beloved artists.
For decades, Bernie worked as a commercial artist in downtown Everett.
He drew for the Snohomish County PUD annual reports and Associated Sand
and Gravel. He also did work for the Port of Everett, which led him to
work for the Navy. He actually did the first drawings of the naval base,
a near exact replica of what was finally built, except for the
straightening of his curved road. Companies also commissioned paintings
from which prints were made to sell or offer as corporate gifts. One
painting was even featured on a bank credit card.
Then, around 1993, Bernie began operating a fine arts studio, the
ultimate dream of every commercial artist. Since then, Bernie said,
“I’ve done so many things I can’t even remember them all.” Corporate
contacts, as well as, contacts made while working with organizations
like United Way, YMCA and Rotary insured him countless clients and
spared him from the need to be his own salesman. Many of his paintings
have traveled to the East Coast and around the world as corporations
open new offices.
As a graduate of the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, Webber
learned the precise mechanics of art. And, as a life member of the Puget
Sound Group of Northwest Painters, he continued to experiment with
watercolor techniques, often painting big washes of sky in unusual
colors against rugged seascapes or rural landscapes. “When I do skies, I
try to make each one different.” Applications, whether loose or precise,
are done with Royal Academy colors –excluding white. “The white is the
white of the paper,” he says.
watercolors stir and instill memories. Whether it is an aerial view of
Everett’s Boeing plant unveiling and test flights of the first 747, or
the innocence and calm of a farm house nestled deep in the woods, he
effectively captures the essence and beauty of the Northwest,
symbolizing some of the obvious reasons we are one of the fastest
growing parts of the country.
As Snohomish County has continued to grow and change, much of what is
gone lives on in Bernie’s murals and paintings. These can be seen in
area schools and hospitals and on nearly every surface of Everett, from
the Snohomish County Courthouse to the Naval Station. And, Bernie was
happy to continue painting them.
Bernie Webber endeared himself as a true Everett treasure. He was
named Artist of the Year in 2004 by the Arts Council of Snohomish
County. Most recently, a new scholarship in his honor, the
Bernie Webber Scholarship Endowment Fund, was established by the
Rotary Club of Everett, of which Webber was a member for 53 years. The
scholarship will be offered to students who plan to pursue a career in
Bernie Webber's print of Paine Field Airport, "The Airport of Choice"
(pictured above), can be obtained through the Paine Field Airport
The large print (actual image size is 14" x 22") is $30 unsigned, and
$75 signed by the artist.
The small print (actual image size is 10" x 16") is $20 unsigned, and
$40 signed by the artist.
For more information contact the airport office at 425-388-5102.