Deborah has traveled widely to explore various painting locations ranging from western to eastern Canada, the USA and abroad to Europe and Central America. The diverse scenery she has encountered from location to location has heightened her sense of landscape formation, colours and patterns. She combines elements of abstraction and traditional realism in her "en plein air" oil sketches and studio paintings. With respect to the spiritual aspect of her work, the simplicity of the landscape displays a great power. "It commands respect for nature, exposing how insignificant I am - a small integral part of the environment."
Formal Art Education:
1997-98: Ottawa University - Fine Arts.
1995-96: Mission Renaissance School - Old Masters'
1992-94: St Lawrence College - Fine Arts, graduated with Distinction.
2000 - University of New Brunswick - Art Educator
1994 - Algonquin College - Art Therapy
Deborah has also been on staff as an Art Instructor at Orleans Visual Art Centre, Art Study Giverny France, Ottawa Adult Continuing Education, Coast Collective Art Centre Victoria, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts and Spinning Dog Studio.
Coast Collective Art Centre, Vice President, 2009-2013,
Society for Artist Southern Island (SASI), President, 2012-2014,
Colwood Art Network, Past Board Member,
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA), Board Member, 2007-2013,
Ottawa Art Association, President, 2004-2006,
Ottawa Art Festival, Board Member and Juror, 2003-2005,
Ottawa Tulip Festival, Art Co-Chairperson, 2004-2005,
Canadian Forces Trenton Art Club, Board Member, 1988-89.