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. The artist is known for sepia tones and glowing lines and her illustration work has been likened to Victorian Childrens book illustrators, to cloisonnism, or to stain glass. Both the canvas works and mandalas are considered meditative and 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, and Dr Sun Yat Sen Gallery.
The artists illustration worked can be found in children's books, cards and prints, environmental maps and poster projects, metis artwork, salvaged heirloom collage, intricate eastern inspired mandalas and massive canvas landscapes. Every new project demands hours of research, exploration, and often a new medium. It keeps things interesting!
Recent publishers include Orca Books, Oolichan Books, Extasis Editions, Oxford University Press, University of Victoria. Clients include the District of Saanich, Provincial Government, C.A.O.T, BC Childrens Hospitals, and several Environmental groups such as the Stream of Dreams Society and Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society. Kristi has completed upwards of 24 childrens books. Uirapuru by 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. 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.
Awards 2010 Governour Generals Shortlist- Book Illustration for "Uirapuru" , 2010 Bolen Books Childrens Book Prize, C.O.A.T. Award of Excellence, Monday Magazine "M" Peoples Choice Award, Honoured as one of 150 Top Women Artists past and present- Community Arts Coucil of Greater Victoria Awards through the Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter.
Memberships The Island Illustrators Society, Federation of Canadian Artists, CANSCAIP, SCBWI West, CCBC, CARFAC/CARCC
Articles 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, Review, 2015 Kirkus Star, "A Carnival of Cats", 49th Shelf, Illustrator Review "A Carnival of Cats", November 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 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.