In order to better support our artists, we have enlisted videographer James Dobos to shoot introductory videos which we are posting to the website to help you get better acquainted with the diverse community that makes up A Gift of Art.
Deborah has been painting in oils for over 30 years – sometimes well and sometimes not so much! Although she has no formal education in the arts, she has worked closely over the years with artists that she admires – Poul Thrane (from whom she learned the joy of painting outdoors and really being in the moment); Mary Lampman (who beat some solid basics into her) and Lucy Manley (who celebrates Deborah’s love of pure colour and thick paint.)
Deborah has enjoyed great support from the Mattel Corporation, who hosted a private show; from Deloitte & Touche who allowed her to work part time to pursue her passion, and from the various galleries and locations that have shown her work – Gallery on the Lake, Buckhorn; The Whitby Library, Camp Samac and lastly, from the Judiciary of the Superior Court, Oshawa.
Deborah’s first choice is always to paint outdoors; imagine painting a barn scene when you can smell fresh cut hay, or a lakeside landscape when you can hear the loons calling, always full of delight at the colours you can find in the forest …. exploring all the backroads in search of inspiration.
I hope you enjoy what you see and that something you gaze at pulls out a memory and makes you wonder …