Brigitte Boulay

Abstract Realism-Impasto-Palette Knife Artist
Professional Stationery Designer 

About the Artist

You don't become an artist, you are born an artist!​

I started my journey to the world of palette knife painting taking private lessons with Jack Neilson of Almonte, ON for one year, then continued my learning at the Ottawa School of Art and I am a self taught stationery designer. I am influenced by nature with its bursting colors of summer flowers, antiques, century homes and my worldly travels. Each piece becomes a unique and timeless treasure. Influenced and inspired by my Great-Grandfather, a master violinist and conductor for the New York Symphony Orchestra whose recordings can be found at the National Archives of Canada, my Grandfather, a big band lead saxophone player and my Father who played clarinet in bag bands and was an artist. My Mother was an incredible self taught artist who had a huge impact on me and she nurtured my artistic talents.


My stationery displays an innate musical appreciation of big bands and orchestras and the glamour from the Hollywood glory days. They are elaborately crafted from elegant designer papers and charmingly embellished with vintage lace, ribbons, gold and silver gilt, embossing, scalloped edges, antique buttons and more. 

I am a published poet, author  and co-author. "We Live in the Shadows" is a compilation of personal stories of those who live on the streets. It was published in Ottawa, ON and I am presently working on volume 2. I was also co-author of "Ruby Red Shoes", a book about female empowerment as well as co-author of "Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology", an anthology of the writings of various authors.


My creations can be found in various art galleries, cafe's, bistros and art shows. I accept commission pieces and it is an absolute pleasure for me to create something personal.


All paintings are created with and include the following:


  • Created on gallery pine board

  • High quality paints

  • Preserved with archival varnish

  • Signature on the back

  • Certificate of Authenticity

It was an honor to have been chosen to design stationery for Sophie Gregoire (wife of our Prime Minister of Canada), The Archbishop of Canada, President and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, Vice President Canada at Rio Tinto, President of NSERC, President of Revlon to name a few.

Nominated for the Ottawa Wedding Awards & Ottawa FACES Awards - 2018 & 2019.
Winner - Book of the Year - Ottawa FACES Awards - 2021 (Thin Places - An Ottawan Anology [collaborative win]) 


10% of all sales goes directly to help our homeless and those living in Ottawa, Ontario!


I am the President & founding member of Shadow Ottawa. We provide assistance to our homeless and those living in poverty in Ottawa, ON. Everything we do is 100% donation & volunteer based. You can find Shadow Ottawa on Facebook & Instagram.