The vibrancy of flowers, the play between light and shadows, the soft edges, the bold colours – both challenge and delight me as a painter.
Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, I strive to capture the personality of flowers viewed through a tightened aperture and fine brush strokes. Excluding extraneous details of the external world, the compositions focus only on the elegance and perfection of the bloom, inviting the viewer to be immersed in the fragile and temporary reality of this phenomenon. Edges are both soft and hard. Colours blend, subtly. The results are dynamic and mesmerizing.
Recently, my work has expanded to include stylized landscapes. In these paintings, the color, shapes, lines, and features of natural forms are altered. The results are dramatic, folkish and almost abstract.
After retiring from a 30-year career in education, Debbie moved back to Nova Scotia where she discovered her true passion – painting.
Now a full-time artist working primarily in acrylic on canvas, Debbie’s realistic works are influenced by her love of the outdoors and gardening. Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, Debbie’s recent work is focused on the drama, energy and elegance of flowers.
As past president of the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts, and member of the Crossroad Artists, Contemporary Art Society, Lunenburg Art Gallery Society, and the Aspotogan Arts & Crafts, Debbie is a well-known artist in the St. Margaret’s Bay area. Her studio is open to visitors year-round. Her work can also be found at the Art Zone Gallery (Halifax, NS).