BRIGITTA WAGNER SULTANA
I am a full time mother of two, wife, painter, and creator of many things. My passion is painting and photography but my background is very colorful and spans many areas of artistry.
My creative career has spanned more than 20 years with the first eight years in New York, NY after graduating from Alfred University, NY with a BFA in 1996. New York City gave me many opportunities in various fields such as with ABC Television - photography department, and assistant to the Art Director on Good Morning America with on-air graphics. Cosmetic Package Design with companies such as Elizabeth Arden & Ralph Lauren and finally Victoria’s Secret direct-mail catalogue design. After experiencing 9/11 in New York, I decided to move to Sarasota, FL in 2002 and continue my graphic design career for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate and then to SRQ Magazine. After my first child was born in 2007, I left the office environment and freelanced from home in graphic design, did commission painting work and took continuing education classes at Ringling College of Art & Design. At that time I was also represented by State of the Arts Gallery from 2007-2010.
I have continued my studies at Ringling College of Art & Design with Tim Jaeger and The Art Center Sarasota over the years while raising my children. In February of this year (2019) I placed third in Ringling College’s “Best of Ringling Continuing Studies Student Exhibition” with my painting of “Salt Flats 1”.
This past spring I worked in St. Martha Catholic School, Sarasota on the production of Annie Jr. as the scenery designer. I had the opportunity to work with some very talented middle schoolers in painting the background scenes for the musical. In the coming 2019 school year I will teach an after school art program at St. Martha for middle schoolers wanting to further their art skills.
My work spans many different mediums from painting, collage, encaustic and photo transfers incorporated with painting. Currently I am painting with acrylics and incorporating photo transfers. I like the texture that the transfer leaves on the surface and I love the process itself before laying the paint on. Right now my work is more relies on very geometric landscapes that play with shape and shadow either created by nature or ones that I construct myself.
Through my travels and experiencing different landscapes, I am really inspired by the images that I bring home and want to share and translate onto canvas.