(With thanks to PK age for her beautifdul manuscript), BACKGROUND
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 favorite pastime. Largely self taught, the artist has been immersed in the arts her whole life.
ILLUSTRATION and FINE ART
The artist is known for her sepia tones and glowing lines, likened to cloisonnism, or stain glass. Once she discovered quill pen and sepia ink (an alternative to disposable fountain pens) the medium became her trademark. The artists 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, cards and prints, environmental maps and poster projects, metis artwork, salvaged heirloom collage, intricate eastern inspired mandalas 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, Sooke Fine Arts and the Robert Bateman Centre. Kristi's work has been shown at many B.C. galleries including Dales Gallery, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Gordon Smith Gallery, and the Sun Yat Sen Gallery.
Orca Books, Oolichan Books, Extasis Editions, Oxford University Press, University of Victoria, CAOT, Best Fairy Books, Wyatt and Sons and Parks Canada.
Fort Langley, the District of Saanich, Provincial and Federal Government (Parks, Health, Early Education), C.A.O.T, BC Childrens Hospitals, and many Environmental groups such as the Stream of Dreams Society, Friends of Bow Pond, and Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society.
AUTHORS and PARTNERS
Kristi has created three books with author-poet P.K Page, and worked with many other wonderful authors such as Charles Ghigna, Fiona Tin Wei Lam, Rachel Wyatt, Bobbie Hinman and Paulette Bourgeois. Uirapuru by poet P.K. Page, was shortlisted for the 2010 Governor Generals Award for Book Illustration and won the Victoria Book Awards Bolen Books Childrens Book Prize.
2015 Kirkus Star, "A Carnival of Cats", 2010 Governour Generals Illustration Shortlist for "Uirapuru" 2010 Bolen Books Childrens Book Prize, C.O.A.T. Award of Excellence, Monday Magazine Peoples Choice, 150 Top Women Artists past and present- Community Arts Coucil of Greater Victoria Awards through the Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter.
The Island Illustrators Society, Federation of Canadian Artists, CANSCAIP, SCBWI West, CCBC, CARFAC/CARCC
ARTICLE and FEATURES
2017 Feature article May 15 2017 The Jasper Local https://issuu.com/thejasperlocal/docs/the-jasper-local-issue97-may15-2017/8 2016 Island Parent Book Nook with Sara Cassidy, 2015 Kirkus Star, "A Carnival of Cats", 49th Shelf, Illustrator Review "A Carnival of Cats", 2008 "Painting for Peace and Light" by Poet Linda Rogers, Focus Magazine PDF Download (Pgs 18-21 ) Camels, Fairies and Mandalas by Judee Fong senior living magazine, 2010, Exhibit V with Efren Quiroz, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy5fa0wGJ1A (an addendum to the interview "With many thanks to P.|K Page for her beautiful manuscript" 2007 Times Colonist - Book Review by Liz Pogue, 2003 Saanich News, Thomas Winterhoff "Local Artist Draws on the Child Within" , 2003 Jenny Manichuck, ‘Artist Studio Interview’ CHEK T.V, Victoria BC , 2001 Volume 15, Issue 3, The Illustrator: "Flowers, Fairies and Fine Art" Also features and articles in Baltimore Sun, Faerie Magazine, Midwest Book Review, Children's Book Sense, Independent Publishers book review, Bronze IPPY Award.