Ontario artist finally doing what she loves

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“Algonquin Reflections,” from Canoe Lake. Image: Brigitte Granton

By Steven Maier

After a few detours and many years, Brigitte Granton has the time now to do what she loves.

“I feel like I’ve just started my second life,” Granton said.

No one would accuse her of wasting the first one. The King City, Ontario, native raised two children alongside her husband of 30 years. She worked as a medical researcher and examined evidence in a forensic laboratory in Toronto. But in her spare time she dreamed of painting. Now, with her kids well on their way to self-sufficiency, she has the time to pursue that dream.

Granton’s artistic pursuit began in earnest five years ago when she started taking her work to shows. It has been displayed in galleries over the last two years, and she’s growing in popularity.

The daughter of an artist, Granton began painting at an young age. Growing up in King City, she fell in love with the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, a pair of ridges stretching 99 miles along southern Ontario. She also fell in love with painting the animals that lived there.

These days Granton is drawn to landscapes. She finds inspiration for her work during her daily hikes with her dog.

Granton paints scenes of places like Algonquin Park–a sprawling mass of forest covering 3,000 square miles of eastern Ontario. She also enjoys capturing the north shore of Lake Superior with its “rugged shorelines and big, dramatic skies.”

You can see her work on display this weekend at the Spring Cottage Life Show in Mississauga, Ontario, and during the King Studio Tour in King Township, Ontario, April 22 and 23.

Granton answered quickly when asked how long she plans to continue her painting career.

“Forever,” she said. “This is my retirement. I plan to paint as long as I can.

“There aren’t enough hours in the day for me, I never tire of it.”

More of Granton’s work and gallery information can be found on her website.

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