Artist of the Month – Brigitte Runnalls

Drawn to vibrant colors and dramatic light, Brigitte Runnalls wants her viewers to escape the chaos of everyday life and find reprieve in her paintings.  “Painting has been a way for me to capture and pay homage to something beautiful.  It feels good when a painting is completed, knowing that the fleeting piece of beauty that I saw was commemorated.”

This group of landscapes were inspired by locations throughout Colorado, notably Vail, Cheesman Canyon, and the Castle Rock Grain Mill to name a few.  “I’m always on the hunt for new inspiration and oftentimes that inspiration comes not only from nature but from music, books, and found objects.   Sometimes I use song titles for my paintings as music helps take my mind off the process, so I don’t overthink things.  “Follow the Sun” the title of my painting of poppies, is a song by Xavier Rudd.  “Dandelion” is a song by Jealous of the Birds.  Art is everywhere and I try to soak it all in.

Brigitte has a collection of fourteen paintings at La Posada, a historic art hotel in Santa Fe, NM.  She had a one woman show at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, MT and has shown her work throughout Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Washington.  She received her BA in Art from Gonzaga University in 2000 and received the Senior Art Award upon completion.  Brigitte resides in Castle Rock, Colorado with her husband and two boys.