“I just love having a brush in my hand and putting paint, water and paper together. There is a sense of magic as the colors flow and settle, and a challenge to keep the freshness while suggesting a subject. I enjoy the process of discovering shapes and patterns, building rich layers of color, and saving the pure sparkling white of the paper.”
Bridget Austin has been fascinated by watercolor since a young age. Her interest in painting put her on the path to a degree in art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a strong background in education and graphic design. While most of her time is spent painting, she has also enjoyed teaching watercolor workshops locally and nationally for many years. The changing seasons, the beauty of Wisconsin and Door County, and new images from travels provide inspiration. Highlights on rocks, flowers, foliage, gardens and old buildings are likely subjects.
She has exhibited in many national juried shows including the American and National Watercolor Societies. In addition, she has earned the honor of Master Status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and has served on its board of directors. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society.
Her paintings have been included in the permanent collections of the Miller Art Center, Sturgeon Bay, WI and the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI, as well as many libraries, hospitals, and other public buildings. In addition, her watercolors are part of many corporate collections nationwide and private collections internationally. Her paintings have been featured in “Creative Watercolor” by Mary Ann Beckwith, “Searching for the Artist Within” by Karlyn Holman, and “Celebrating Door County’s Wild Places”. She is featured in “Watercolor: The Spirit of Spontaneity” by Karlyn Holman.
Bridget and her husband, Gary, live in Green Bay, Wisconsin. You can contact her here, or see her work at The Cottage Row Framing and Gallery, Fish Creek, WI; Moondeer & Friends Gallery, Boulder Junction, WI; and Wisconsin Arts, Green Bay, WI.
You can purchase Bridget’s work at Cottage Row Gallery