Brigitte grew up in a family that spent summers camping and hiking. Combine this with an artistic creative father and it was only natural for her to develop a love for the outdoors and create art based on nature. Although many of her fathers paintings seemed to be influenced by Picasso, Brigittes major influence was the Group of Seven. Having camped and travelled in many of the areas they painted, she felt an affinity to them in many ways.
Brigittes paintings simply represent her passion for the natural world seen through her eyes. For her, its all about light and how it interacts with colour and form in the environment. Although she has travelled throughout Canada, it is Ontario, where she has the greatest affinity for. Her paintings are often based on the local landscapes of rolling hills, marshes and woodlands to the rocky Canadian shield and white pine studded shorelines of the northern lakes.
Brigitte is basically a self taught artist, guided, at a young age, by her father. she experimented and attended workshops for many different medias throughout her life, among which pen and ink and oil paints are her primary focus. To this day, she still uses pen and ink to draw botanicals for the North American Native Plant Society bulletins.
School has a way of forcing us to make decisions and in high school she decided to continue her education in the natural sciences. Brigitte could continue painting and exploring her artistic side while pursuing an MSc degree in Zoology at university. She eventually acquired positions in Medical research as an electron microscopist and later as a Forensic Technician in the Biology Unit of the Centre of Forensic Sciences. While they were interesting jobs, she still felt most passionate about creating art and continued to paint, focusing on it full-time after raising a family. She has been a full-time artist now for many years.