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Brigitte Nowak lives in Toronto and spends summers on an island in Georgian Bay. Her paintings, in oils and in egg tempura, explore the nature of reality and illusion, the interface between the human and natural worlds and the line between observation and comment. Among recurring subjects in her paintings is that most Canadian of icons, the canoe. Brigitte bought her first canoe at age 16, and currently owns five, including one made by the Hurons in Quebec in the early 1950s. Her work is included in private and corporate collections, and has won awards in both Canada and the U.S. She has been featured in several museum exhibitions, Arabella magazine, and is represented by several Ontario galleries. She is well known in cottage country for her beautiful landscapes and canoes.