Birgitta Kappe Bio
Birgitta kappe was born in Sweden and immigrated to the United States when she was 18. Her love of art manifested itself at an early age, but it wasn’t until her two children were grown that Birgitta began taking classes at Coastline Community College to fulfill her artistic passion. At first painting was a pleasant pastime. Then one day in 1989, as she sat working at her easel on a side walk in Balboa Island, a woman walked up and offered to purchace her watercolor. Birgitta had never shown her work before, never dreamed of selling it. So to have someone offer to buy her painting “was a big deal!”
Shortly thereafter one of her teachers invited her to join an artist-owned gallery. By the end of the week she had sold another painting. After a couple of years working with watercolors, Birgitta began adding other mediums to the paint to enhance its color and texture. She then tried oils and was instantly hooked. The richness of the paint, its opaque and shiny quality, and the way she could manipulate it on canvas added to the attraction.
Over the ensuing years, Birgitta studied the techniques of such American masters as Windslow Homer, Millford Zornes, Robert E. Woods, and Russian Armenian artist Ovanes Berberian. From each she gleaned a greater passion and keener understanding of her newfound life’s work.
Today Birgitta’s paintings are bold with color. From the cocoa and rusty browns of date palms in an Indian Canyon oasis, or the effervescent lavenders and midnight blues of a Pacific Grove beach, to the vibrant cloistered gardens of California’s missions, Birgitta has put the unique quality of oils to good use. Indeed she is a self-described colorist, preferring bright and forthright to muted tonal variations. To her delight, a faithful and growing following of collectors agree with her choices.
Birgitta’s work has been exhibited in many galleries over the past 15 years and has received accolades at The Desert Plein-Air Competition and the La Quinta Art Festival. In 1998 she received the award of Best Watercolor Artist at the Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach; in 2000 she was recognized as Best Oil Painter. In 2003 “Hills With Poppies” was selected for the Festivals poster. “The best reward of all,” Birgitta muses, “is doing what I love to do!”