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About Brigitte Boucher

Pastel artist Brigitte Boucher creating a portrait painting from life.

Brigitte Boucher is an artist and writer from the Madison, Wisconsin area. After growing up throughout the Great Lakes region, she attended Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where she received a BA in studio art and English. She currently lives in Stoughton, WI, with her husband and stepdaughter. She is involved with the Madison-based art studio Atwood Atelier and shows her work locally. She is also working on documenting the artistic legacy of her grandfather, Indiana painter Kenneth Graham.

Artist Statement

In my work, I explore issues of identity and personal history. I investigate the interconnected webs of relationships that link us with one another and the world around us. 


My art is marked by curiosity and the desire for knowledge. Creating representational art is an investigative process that combines an examination of the physical world with elements of imagination, narrative, and spontaneity. My work strikes a balance between the traditional techniques of representational art and the possibilities offered by expressive mark-making and rich, nuanced color. 

I am interested in how we construct, understand, and express our many layers of identity, especially gender and sexuality, mental health, the body, family dynamics, and memory. I am fascinated by the visual records of an individual’s life—the intimate stories told by letters and journals, photo albums and family trees. More broadly, I am interested in the ways we make sense of our place in the world through mythology and storytelling, natural history and science.  


Working from life is a cornerstone of my art practice, offering an opportunity to explore the most basic foundation of identity—the body. I am interested in what our bodies and faces both reveal and conceal about who we are. I am equally interested in exploring the idiosyncratic features that make each of us unique and the shared features that connect us to the rest of humanity.  


Brigitte's CV

Exhibition History



"4th Biennial Wings and Water." River Arts Center. Prairie du Sac, WI 


"Becoming Ourselves." Two-person show at Dane Arts Gallery, Madison, WI


“Painting the Past: Memories of Home, Family & Belonging.” Two-person show at Fireside Gallery, Bethel Lutheran Church. Madison, WI


“Faces of Incarceration: Changing the Narrative.” Overture Center for the Arts. Madison, WI



“13 Women.” Bos Meadery. Madison, WI

“Faces of Incarceration: Changing the Narrative.” Winnebago Studios. Madison, WI



“Spring & Fall Gallery Nights.” Atwood Atelier. Madison, WI



“Ecosquared Art Show.” Hatch Art House. Madison, WI

“Meet the Meat.” Aardvark Art. Madison, WI



“Alumni Invitational.” Warch Campus Center, Lawrence Univeristy. Appleton, WI

Teaching & Other Experience



"Pastels: Essential Techniques for Drawing & Painting"

UW-Madison Continuing Studies, 2018-20

One-day pastel workshops

Lynn's of Madison, 2019–20



2017 Holiday Art Fair. MMOCA. Madison, WI

2017 Art Fair on the Square. MMOCA. Madison, WI


BA (magna cum laude) in studio art/English.

Lawrence University. Appleton, WI. 2005.

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