Debra is a self-taught artist inspired by bold, vibrant images and personalities. Luminous light and bold colors define Debra’s watercolor paintings. Working from the shores of the Kawartha Lakes or capturing the new images from far off places she focuses her time capturing the tension and energy between light and dark in the natural and mechanical environment as well as the amazing personalities that she meets.
Debra has exhibited professionally at juried art shows, fine art galleries and invitational exhibits across Ontario since 2009. In 2010 she launch her first solo art show and in 2011 she was awarded 3rd prize at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival Open Competition for her painting “Shopping in Havana” . In 2012 she had the honor of being commissioned as the last artist to render the final painting of the Wolseley Barracks at ASU London. As a former Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment soldier and member of the Canadian Armed Forces, the connection to project and its history hit very close to home. The painting now resides in The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum.
Debra loves being in the big outdoors – walking in the forests around her home, strolling tropical beaches, attending to her gardens and boating on the Kawartha Lakes. Her Six Foot Bay studio looks out over Upper Buckhorn Lake. Her paintings reflect her love of nature, people and world wide travel. Debra continues to share her knowledge with students and peers through workshops, group discussions and exhibiting.
Many of Debra’s paintings can be found internationally, both in private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Debra continues to elevate her art through studying with prominent North American Artists. Debra is a member of the Kawartha Artists Group and Studio, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Lindsay Gallery and the East Central Ontario Arts Association.
Visit Debra’s Website: www.debrabannisterart.ca