Watching Bridgette in her studio felt like catching a glimpse of an animal in its natural habitat. The grace with which she moves metal across wax, the ease she exudes while applying flame to her work, and the practiced motion of brush to wood all spoke silently of the thousands of hours she has spent in this beautiful meditative practice. It is no mystery how her work conveys such emotion after observing her create in her small studio deep in the woods. The surrounding trees have a palpable presence which surely permeates every aspect of life there, creeping into consciousness and making their presence felt in the very artwork which depicts them. I have always admired how her work captures the feeling of the forest and seeing her surroundings made it much easier to understand how she can speak this language of the natural world through her paintings.