I grew up in both urban(ish) Maine and rural New Brunswick, Canada. After earning a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture from the University of Southern Maine, I eventually turned to illustrating to merge my passion for writing and art . I currently live in midcoast Maine with a once-feral cat named Ramona.
My work embraces a myriad of techniques, materials, and inspirations; I work with gouache, watercolours, ink (nibs & brushes & sometimes sticks), coloured pencils and occasionally collage. Though I've previously used digital programs mainly for minor tweaks I'm beginning to dip my toe into the ocean of digital art!
I use several different recognizable styles, unified by an emphasis on detail, patterns, and everyday depictions of human diversity...all with a touch of whimsy.
You can follow me on Instagram, @brigitte.west, to see my latest visual escapades.