About the Artist

Debra Krakow in her studio

I am an artist, artisan and architect. I grew up in the heart of Montreal but now work out of my Wolfe Island studio, looking out over farmers’ fields and the St. Lawrence Seaway. With this environment as my inspiration, I paint landscapes, interiors and abstracts. Embracing rural life has led me to learn traditional homesteading skills: home building, farming and gardening, quilting and knitting, weaving and basketry. Pottery was a natural next step.

I’ve developed my artistic practice through explorations in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, fibre arts and ceramics. I paint in layers, selectively revealing or obscuring the underpainting to create an evocative surface. Just as a landscape or weathered surface bears hints of its evolution, my painted surfaces reveal a complex history of underlying colour and texture. 

In my ceramic work I’ve been creating a line of versatile farmhouse pottery that can move from kitchen to table. I’m drawn to clean, sculptural forms and the rustic beauty of a simple glaze on earthy brown clay. 

I am represented by Koyman Galleries in Ottawa and am an active member of the Kingston Potters Guild and the Wolfe Island Gallery.