Children's Illustrator and Fine Artist Kristi Bridgeman prefers warm sepia tones in many mediums and subjects, including acrylic landscapes, illustrations and mandalas. Her work is recognized by whimsical characters and a west coast flavor and can be found in local galleries, children's books, and visits to her home studio.
Image detail from "Uirapuru" which was Shortlisted for the Governer General Award for Literary Illustrations. "Uirapuru" was
Written by the late Poet P.K. Page
Other recently released books: "The Sky Tree" and "There Once Was A Camel" by P.K Page, "The Sock Fairy" and "The Knot Fairy" by Bobbie Hinman and "You, Me and My O.T." written by Paulette Bourgeois.
Most of these books are available at local bookstores on request or through the artist.
Image "Dream Fish mandala" created for the Stream Of Dreams Society.
Kristi was awarded the 2009 CAOT Award of Merit for “You, me and my O.T”, Occupational Therapists of Canada and was also honoured as one of 150 significant BC women artists, past and present by the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. She has been involved with many groups, charities and societies. She is currently Vice President and Newsletter Editor, Island Illustrators Society, Victoria BC
Past Editor “The Grapevine” Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria.
Active Member The Federation of Canadian Artists Victoria Chapter.
Newsletter Artist and Member: Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society, Saanich BC
Member: AGGV, CACGV, CARFAC, CARCC, ACCESS, SCBWI-BC, CANSCAIP.
Kristi’s fine arts work can be found at the Arts Gallery of Greater Victoria, Sooke Harbour House Gallery, She Said Gallery and Gifts.
Her books, cards or prints can be found at Munro’s Books, Cadboro Bay Books, Bolen Books, Rogers Chocolates, Sooke Region Museum and Jasper Region Museum Gift Shop, or Dandelion Mud-pie Eco-gifts, Ottawa.
Please feel free to contact the artist directly.
I find the best way to interpret the west coast landscape is with acrylic on canvas... but I still like the warm sepia tones. Here is a favorite spot where there is a grove of big leaf maples, douglas maples and maple saplings. "October Temple, Mount Douglas Park"
Acrylic from the Temple series,
by Kristi Bridgeman
It easy to be inspired
when my studio window overlooks
the coastal rainforest.
"Tree of Life" Mandala
The sepia ink and watercolour medium allows for minute details. Here is a sample from my mandala series. Some of the pieces are so intricate and embellished that they take upwards of 30 hours of working and reworking. Although my neck and hand get sore, and I need glasses now, the task is not as hard as it sounds. Like crochet or puzzles, the very nature of 'mandala making' is healthy and relaxing.
'...and the fairies were decorating for a party...'
by Kristi Bridgeman
This was one of the original childrens illustration pieces, where Kristi experimented with sepia ink. She discovered the washy bleeding effect while searching for a green friendly medium. The style is also reminiscent of Arthur Rackham and the master illustrators of times past. The very idea of fairies required an antique ethereal look.