Debra lives in Southern Ontario, Canada where she is actively involved in the local art scene. She paints with oils, acrylics and inks on canvas and tile.  She creates from what she loves, finding inspiration all around her, including her many travel destinations around the world. 
     She has studied art with many gifted artists. While at Rodman Hall she took drawing, oil painting and watercolour classes. In recent years, she has traveled to Italy to study plein air painting. She has also taken many courses to refine her skills in abstract painting. 
     She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ontario, British Columbia and Italy, was featured in the Port Dalhousie Peer newspaper, and was interviewed for an artist segment with CBC Radio Canada television, as well as CBC Art Circuit in Ottawa.  
                Brock University; Bachelor of Arts - French Major & Bachelor of Education
 Art Education
               John Skelcher; The Retreat, Italy, Landscape painting
               Gwen Fox; Abstract painting
               Flora Bowley; Abstract painting
               Rodman Hall; Drawing, Oil painting, and Watercolour
               Niagara College; Black and white photography, and darkroom developing
               Mary Lampman; Palette knife technique
               Alice Hood Studio; Colour mixing and oil painting
               The Port Dalhousie Peer Newspaper, St. Catharines, ON
               CBC Radio Canada, television artist segment, Toronto, ON
               CBC Art Circuit , Ottawa, ON


Artist Statement
    Exploring and trying new techniques in art usually leads me to creative paths of interests and joy. I paint bold and colourful images from photographs, real life, or my imagination. I enjoy using oil and acrylic paints,  as well as inks for my creations.
           Everything is of interest to me which is why there is a variety of subject matter in my art. I stylize my canvases with rich colours and texture for a realistic or abstract effect:  the composition provides a sense of energy and balance to the artwork. 
                                                                                           Everything you can imagine is real.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                      Pablo Picasso