Whether its inside my home or inside me… it all comes out in paint. I guess painting inside makes it so that the size of space I live in has no boundaries. It is unlimited potential. I do not fear being without a muse or wish for another space. I enjoy right where I am and I revel in it. This quality, this presence is often captured in my work as a result. DW
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Born: 1959 in London, Ontario
Deborah is self-taught. She was already successful in the other side of the art business, representing artists at her gallery in Vancouver, but once scouted by other galleries for her work, she chose self-study and to pursue life as a full-time artist. The objectivity required to scrutinize in representing others served her eye well, especially as she became more focused on finding an individual way in paint. While consciously deciding not to pursue what is known as a “style” so as to avoid, burnout and trends she studied master painters and worked from life instead. Her observation was to leave out what she wasn’t interested in and instead enjoy the challenge of making what was left work. Through isolated experiments, her passion in mixing colour and draftsmanship eventually what is known as her own style became apparent naturally. A few concepts Matisse spoke of, departing from the subject and the relationships established between colours in a painting were pivotal at that time.
Over 20 years later, regardless of subject or motif, viewers recognize her work across Canada. This she finds incredibly rewarding, as she believes painting is life itself…what you focus on crossed with individual observation and the facility to transform it to life, becomes an object in and of itself. So to communicate with a following, acknowledges and renders one understood. Her talent for drawing is evident, in some works it structures the image and in others her colour sense dominates. She is established beyond regional boundaries, as she moved around until returning to London in 2005. She paints full-time, enjoying a private studio behind her home and teaching occasionally.
Colour is likely her strong point or most obvious in the initial view. It is not usual. There is no typical palette but instead a usual complexity and lack of predictable measures. Her drawing supports all sorts of license taken in perspective. Sometimes it is shown through form and others through the colour it is made of. The use of white is often pivotal to flatten in tone the overall motif but it is also used to show distance in landscape. Her mark-making can be so prevalent that it is the subject itself but can also be used to animate space. The texture in her work is much more evident in life. This comes from the brushwork she worked to develop when oil paint was no longer an option. Now the immediacy and directness of acrylic has proved much more suitable. What is left out is from the first. It comes from wanting to capture the elements required to say what she wishes. But overall what is prevalent are the white spaces that gleam through the whole surface of the work illuminating the overall image independent of the subject’s light source. In this way there is light and space in the art object that does not rely on the subject. It is the translation of the painter that must speak louder than the subject and so creating a light in the object itself reaches far beyond representing and allows the motif to exist independent of any subject.
There is a range in her subjects although at this point in time it is almost always about three things, the mood of the day, her physical experience and a puzzle that she wishes to solve in paint. You could say it’s about finding a daily muse to fend off boredom, one which does not insist on complicating life. In this way the art is stimulating formally, intrinsically and intellectually. The end result is held still, sensuous, unpredictable while exhibiting a permanent bit of life.
1989 Studied watercolour, stained glass and pottery at Fanshawe College.
1992 Moved to Vancouver BC in June.
2001 Monotyping at Jamie Evrard Studio Vancouver BC. 2002 / 2003
2002 Taught Towards Abstraction at Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver.
2003 Artist in Residence six months at Tiger Lily Studios Florida.
2004 Taught South Delta Artists Guild and at Elgin Studio in spring. Moved to Ontario.
2005 Moved to London in March and established studio separate from home.
2008 Won People’s Choice at Artmart Museum London
2009 Taught Colour Tune-Up Lambeth Art Guild
2009 Purchased first home and renovated garage into free-standing studio.
2010 Taught at John Paul II Secondary School Grade 11 and 12 in April.
2012 Taught Style Through Colour Gallery Painting Group in November.
2013 Created a new art rental and gallery shop at Museum London.
2014 Completion of Muse Shop + Rental. Return to painting full-time.
2001 Solo Show The Painted Line Ingram Gallery Toronto ON
2001 Toronto Art Fair Ingram Gallery Toronto ON
2002 Solo Show An Intimate Place Linda Lando Fine Art Vancouver BC
2002 Two Person Show Wallace Galleries Calgary AB
2002 Solo Show Master Suite Linda Lando Fine Art Vancouver BC
2003 Solo Show Painted Life Ingram Gallery Toronto ON
2003 Three Person Show About Colour Agnes Bugera Gallery Edmonton AB
2003 Solo Show Drawing and Painting Linda Lando Fine Art Vancouver BC
2004 Two Person Show Interiors Colorgraphics Seattle WA
2004 Solo Show 10 Years… London ON
2005 Two Person Show Drawn Into Colour Agnes Bugera Gallery Edmonton AB
2006 Solo Show A Beautiful Puzzle Linda Lando Fine Art Vancouver BC
2007 Solo Show Still Looking Front Gallery Edmonton AB
2007 Two Person Show Geochroma Thielsen Gallery London ON
2008 Summer Show Thielsen Gallery London ON
2009 Two Person Show Linda Lando Fine Art Vancouver BC
2010 Drawing Show Granville Fine Art Vancouver BC
2010 Ongoing Group Shows at Canadian Fine Art Toronto ON
2011 Solo Show In Living Colour Thielsen Gallery London ON
2012 Solo Show Land & Table Canadian Fine Art Toronto ON
2012 Solo Show More Still Granville Fine Art Vancouver BC
2012 Solo Show Framing & Art London ON
2012 ArteMusea Juried Group Show Museum London ON
2013 Ongoing Group shows at Thielsen Gallery London ON
2014 The Creative Age Group Show at Westland Gallery London ON
2015 In April featured artist at Petley Jones Gallery and Pod Contemporary BC