Brittani was born and raised in Nanaimo, B.C., and has lived in New Brunswick, Germany, and Japan. She moved to Vancouver in 1979, and has lived in the historic fishing village of Steveston since 1993, where she owns a picture framing business. Brittani's education in Fine Arts and Japanese Studies at Vancouver's Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Sapporo's Bisen College of Art, and the University of British Columbia led her from a BA, BFA, and MA to PhD studies. Her artistic roots are in drawing, photography, and computer graphics. Brittani works primarily with pastels, acrylics, and oils. She works in two styles, highly realistic acrylic inks using a technique of stippling and pointillism (taking an average of one hour per square inch to complete), and abstractions in pastels, acrylic paint, and oil paint. Her work has been collected and exhibited throughout North America and Japan, and she has been published in numerous magazines and books.
The west coast is an important influence in Brittani's art. Her father, a fisheries biologist, used to bring her to his lab and have her draw detailed images of anything small enough to fit under the microscope's lens. She grew up exploring tidal pools, learning survival skills on the Pacific Northwest's rugged coast, hiking the coastal mountains, and participating in various water sports from scuba diving to fishing. Avid explorers, Brittani and her husband and dog have travelled thousands of miles exploring the backroads of British Columbia. Wherever she goes, sketchbooks and a camera are always ready to record the standout scenery in her travels. Whether realistic or abstract, Brittani's artwork examines the symbiotic relationship between her self and environment.
Brittani is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and holds senior signature status SFCA, a member of the Pastel Society of America with PSA status, a member of Pastel Artists Canada with MPAC status, and a member of the Pastel Association of Canada with PSC status.
Brittany is happy to announce she now has three paintings chosen for labels by the VQA Artists Reserve Series of Calona Vineyard. "The Chateau" is on their 2010 Pinot Gris. The other two labels are available on the award winning 2009 Gewurtztraminer and 2007 Pinot Blanc.