Brigid Rockwell Originals
In the back yard of my parents' home in Brunswick Hills, New York, where I painted myself black at age two.
On February 26, 1993, my life of artistic dabbling came to a resounding conclusion while working as a liaison to the General Council on Lehman Brothers' OTC Trading Desk. Until that day, I worked running daily between offices on the 103rd floor of 2 World Trade Center and the 4th floor of American Express Tower at the World Financial Center. Our offices were literally shaken to the core by the BOOM of a terrorist bomb in the garage of the World Trade Center that afternoon. It was then I concluded I would leave the financial industry and attempt to somehow make my way as an artist.
While finishing my studies at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 1994, I received a grant from Chase Manhattan Bank in 1995, to study abroad for a summer semester in Barcelona, Spain at LLOYA (School of Fine Arts). The program, which concluded in July, inspired and prompted me to give up my apartment in Manhattan and move to Prague, Czech Republic, where I lived and traveled extensively through Europe for two years.
Upon my return to the United States in January 1998, I found refuge in Hudson, New York, where I set up a painting studio in a third floor railroad flat on Warren Street, This was long before it was the fashionable design and antique mecca we now see in Columbia County. Having served on the COLUMBIA COUNTY Council on the Arts Board of Directors from 1998-2003, working with Carrie Haddad closely to develope the second evolutions of Hudson, NY's ArtsWalk Event in 1998. It was a collaboration with, small business owners, who believed in what was happening there at the time. My work was exhibited locally and I did a great deal of decorating, events planning, decorative painting and interior design work there.
In March 2001, six months before the second and final bombing of the World Trade Center, I had my daughter. Suffice to say, the decisions I had made in the wake of the previous bombing, made me confident in a humans' ability to read signs, symbols and go with their intuition. These skills are the foundation of how I work as an artist.
In 2003, I returned to Troy, NY, where I raised my daughter and continued working in the Arts; exhibiting my art, teaching art classes, planning activities/events, and consulting as a concierge and residential interior designer. In 2020, I worked in Saratoga County, painting and became more involved in gardening and volunteer work for the Ballston Spa Arts Committee, The National Bottle Museum, Saratoga Arts and Ballston Spa Home & Garden Club as their Hospitality Committee Chair.
I have lived in Berkshire County, Massachusetts since the spring of 2022 where I work as a freelance visual artist, concierge, interior designer and small venue event and party planner.