ABOUT THE ARTIST
Brigitte Granton - Canadian Landscape Painter
Filtered morning light through the trees, crisp shadows on a frozen morning, shoreline reflections in dark boggy waters ; from Parry Sound to the colour blazed autumn hills of Algonquin, and the fresh morning wetlands around the wooded rolling hills of the Oakridges Moraine - I am moved by these things.
Colour and form defines itself before my eyes and something deep from within compels me to paint; to somehow portray some essence of these dramatic emotions that I get from the lands that I spend so much of my time hiking through with my dog.
Living in the hills of my childhood home in King Township, ON, north of Toronto, presents a new experience each day - a new light and new colours. Even as the city reaches further north I find pockets of untouched beauty and I cannot resist the urge to capture it with oil paints on canvas, using large brushes and or palette knives. My studio becomes a portal to that place, leaving me alone and undisturbed by stresses of life, and focuses me on the space within the measurements of my canvas. I enter through its doorway and become immersed in the scene at hand. A lifetime of formal education could not pave the way for me to express these things in the way that paint flowing from my brush so easily does.
Brigitte Granton's passion for the natural world is evident in her paintings of the Canadian landscape. She has a particular fondness for the northern Ontario landscape and regularly visits Algonquin park and the Muskoka/Parry Sound area to hike and photograph for inspiration. Her recent travels across Canada have inspired a new collection of paintings of landscapes from Ontario, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Much of her work comes from inspiration from her daily hikes with her dog along trails on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Brigitte grew up with an artist father who introduced her to oil paints at a young age. She was given a small wooden paintbox and an easel and fondly recalls her painting days with her father, learning composition and brush skills. Throughout the years, Brigitte experimented with various media. Pen and ink was a favourite medium and to this day she still uses pen and ink to illustrate for the North American Native Plant Society's seasonal publications.
Her other passion is natural science. Her love of animals and nature lead her to pursue a MSc degree in Biology/Zoology. Although she worked several years in interesting jobs as an Electron Microscopist in medical research and later as a Forensic Technician in the Biology unit at the Centre of Forensic Science in Toronto, she knew her truest passion was still painting and couldn't wait for the weekend when she could paint what she dreamed of all week. She believed that her two passions, art and nature, complemented each other well; both requiring keen observation skills.
Brigitte has been a full-time artist now for many years . She regularly participates in juried art shows and has won numerous awards. Her art can be found in galleries, on flag banners throughout King Township, published in calendars, used for corporate logos, and in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Canadian Landscape Artist