Kristi Bridgeman was born and raised on the west coast of Canada to a family of artists and gardeners. Her family recalled that even as a child in her highchair, crayons and colouring were a favourite pastime. Largely self taught, the artist has been immersed in the arts her whole life.
ILLUSTRATION AND FINE ART
Kristi is known for her sepia tones and glowing lines, likened to cloisonnism, or stain glass. After discovering quill pen and sepia ink (an alternative to disposable fountain pens) she fell in love with the ethereal west coast effect, and the medium became her trademark.
The artist’s illustration work has been shortlisted for Governor Generals Award and has been awarded in Canada and the US. Kristi has created over 25 children’s books, card and print series, environmental maps and artwork, intricate eastern inspired mandala and massive canvas landscapes.
The fine art works have been featured and awarded in many solo and group shows such as Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Winchester Galleries, Sidney Fine Arts, and the Robert Bateman Centre. Kristi’s work has been shown at many BC galleries including Dales Gallery, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Gordon Smith Gallery, and the Sun Yat Sen Gallery.