Growing up in rural East Anglia, Bridgette James’ affection for the flowers and insects of the hedgerows led her to take up a career as a professional artist in 1987. Her detailed watercolours of flowers are often accompanied by dragonflies and native British butterflies in which she has a special interest. Illustrations have been included in the Puffin Factfinders series, Readers Digest publications and in magazines produced by Orbis Publishing Ltd and Eagle Moss Publications Ltd. Her work is held in private collections in Ireland, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the USA.
Bridgette was elected to become a member of the Society of Botanical Artists in 1993 and has exhibited annually at the Society of Botanical Artists exhibition at Westminster Central Hall and at the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. She has also held solo exhibitions at: The Alpine Gallery, London; The Wildlife Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk; The Country Works Gallery, Montgomery, Wales; and The Napier Gallery, St Helier, Jersey.
Two large wall panels showing Palm Trees painted by Bridgette are displayed in the Sharjah Desert Park Natural History Museum in the United Arab Emirates. In 1995, she was commissioned to design a set of telephone cards featuring ‘Wild Flowers of St. Ouen’ for Jersey Telecom.
Lobsters and crabs in Collins Pocket Guide to the Seashore of Britain and Northern Europe published in 1996.
Plants to Transform your Garden, Cassell
My First Encyclopaedia (Kingfisher/La Rousse)
Center Parcs seed booklet ‘Plant Life, Flower Power‘
Find Out More, Eagle Moss, a children’s encyclopedia
The Art of Botanical Painting, Harper Collins
Wildlife Detectives’ Handbook, Miles Kelly Publishing
American Publications include:
The Disney Encyclopedia, World Books Chicago
Children’s Guide to Insects & Spiders, Simon & Schuster, New York
Modern Biology 1999, Morgan Caine
A History and Dictionary of British Flower Painters 1650 – 1950, by Josephine Walpole.
In 1997 Bridgette exhibited at the John Innes Centre and in 1998 was a participant in the Phillips ‘Rhino Rescue’ charity auction. She was commissioned to illustrate The Wildlife Trusts Guide to Wild Flowers which was published in 2002, New Holland Publishers UK Ltd.
In February 2017, Bridgette was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal for her exhibit ‘Alliums’ at the RHS Botanical Show in London.
Bridgette is always pleased to accept commissions and can be contacted by email.