Brigitte Schreyer was born, raised and educated in Germany. She immigrated to Canada in 1960, settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and in 1967 became a Canadian Citizen.
Brigitte began painting seriously after moving to Ontario in 1972. She studied Art History at Sheridan College of Applied Art and Technology, Oakville, ON, as well as a variety of painting media with various accomplished Canadian and American Artists.
Since her introduction to watercolour, this medium has held an all absorbing fascination and challenge for Brigitte and she has refined a style of her own. Her favourite mediums are transparent watercolour and oil painting, but she is also interested in acrylic/mixed media.
Brigitte was an enthusiastic Watercolour Instructor and had been teaching watercolour classes and workshops for various Art Groups throughout Ontario and Canada since 1978. For many years she also taught watercolour workshops at her studio/gallery in North Burlington. In the fall of 2014 she moved to Oakville (Bronte) and decided to stop teaching. She enjoys painting for upcoming shows and learning more about the different mediums.
Brigitte is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Polar Artists Group, the Society of Canadian Artists and a Life Member at the Ontario Society of Artists. She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work is in many corporate and private collections throughout North America and Europe.
She has been an invited Guest Lecturer and Juror for many Art Groups and Art Societies.
Brigitte is a contributing author in Watercolor for the Fun of It – Easy Landscapes by well known watercolour artist Jack Reid, published by North Light Books in 2004, as well as Painter’s Quick Reference: Flowers also published by North Light Books in September 2005.
In the summer of 2006 Brigitte was one of 25 selected Arctic Quest Artists who traveled to the High Arctic and Greenland to paint and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first successful journey by the Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundson through the Northwest Passage.
She discovered her love for the Arctic in 1989, when she took a trip to Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, Nunavut. Then, 20 years later, in the summer of 2009 she revisited ‘Pang’, where she lived a few weeks with an Inuit family.
Images contributed by Brigitte Schreyer: