Although Shirley Whitworth Bertram retired from miniature shows in 2010, she will be attending Miniature Masterworks as a Master Artist, a special designation for accomplished fine-scale miniature artists who have helped pave the way for others.
When Bertram began making miniatures in the mid-1980s, she realized that there were few artists creating figures that represented people of all ages and social classes. She filled this void by developing techniques to give her porcelain models realistic wrinkles and crinkles. She spent hours researching original patterns and period fashions so that she could dress them in authentic costumes. Bertram also taught her craft to future generations of miniature artists.
Shirley Whitworth Bertram is one of over sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.