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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. ...
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.