Stone Heron Gallery, Wolfe Island

GrowthThe Stone Heron Gallery will open for the summer on Friday, June 27, 2014. Please join me there from 6 to 9 pm for drinks and munchies. The gallery features paintings, photography, sculpture and fused glasswork, all by Wolfe Island artists. I’ll have about 20 paintings on display, including large abstracts and some smaller mixed-media work. The gallery will be open until Labour Day weekend.

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Evolving Surface


My solo show at Studio 22 in Kingston opens on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Please join me and gallery hosts Hersh and Ally for a fun and relaxing evening, from 8:00 to 10:30 pm. There will be live music courtesy of my husband Rob on piano. Ally has done a wonderful job of hanging the work, and Hersh has produced a beautiful catalogue of the exhibit which will be available for purchase. Hope to see you there!


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Save the date! Solo show March 22nd



Save the date! I’ll be having a solo show at Studio 22 in Kingston from March 22nd to April 27th, 2014. The opening will be on Saturday, March 22nd — details to follow. I’m painting madly to get ready. If you’ve never been to Studio 22, this will be a great chance to check it out. It’s a beautiful space overlooking Kingston’s Market Square and City Hall, and their openings are always lively and fun.

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Ted Hsu’s 2014 Calendar

Skaters-on-the-Lake-If you live in the federal riding of Kingston and the Islands, your 2014 calendar from MP Ted Hsu features three of my paintings, including this one for February. The calendars weren’t mailed out to every household this year — you can order one by calling 613-542-3243 or emailing

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Quilted Paintings

Slow Drift

I’m really excited about my latest series of mixed-media paintings (see the 2013 page of my portfolio).  They bring together everything I’ve been working on (and playing with!) in the past year — quilting, fabric dyeing, felting, handmade paper, collage, and acrylic paint. They were created in layers, usually starting with collage for texture, then paint, and finally, machine and hand stitching. I was thrilled to discover that with one hand moving the fabric and the other playing with the dials on my sewing machine, I could create wonderfully expressive lines. The final step was to sandwich the painted canvas with interfacing and muslin and machine quilt through the layers. These pieces will be featured in my upcoming solo show at Studio 22 in March.

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Forays into Fabric

Purse-low res

Lately, I’ve been exploring ways to incorporate textiles into my artwork.  This is a quilted purse I made. I started with acrylic paint on canvas, and then sandwiched the canvas with interfacing and muslin, and machine stitched through the layers.  This purse is featured in the Kingston Rotary Club 2014 calendar, along with the work of 12 other fibre artists. (If you’d like a copy of the calendar, let me know).  With this piece as my inspiration, I’m now working on a series of small mixed media paintings incorporating handmade paper, jute fibers, hand-dyed cheesecloth, machine and hand stitching and various other materials.

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Art for Heritage

Art for Heritage poster

The weekend of September 27-28th, 2013, my work will be featured in two exhibits, just a couple of blocks apart in downtown Kingston.

I’ll have several brand new, fresh from the easel paintings in St. George’s Cathedral’s Art for Heritage show (270 King Street East). The opening reception is Friday evening, 6:30 to 9 pm and there is free admission on Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.

The downtown Kingston gallery tour, Art after Dark, is also this Friday evening, 7 to 10 pm, and my work will continue to be shown at Studio 22 (320 King E., upstairs, facing Market Square).

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Stone Heron Gallery Opening


Please come and enjoy art and refreshments at the Stone Heron Gallery on Wolfe Island on Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 6 pm as we open for the summer. As usual, there will be works by many island artists and artisans. I’ll have about 20 pieces on display, including my new forest series.

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Art after Dark



I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be showing my new work in Studio 22 Open Gallery, 320 King St. East, Kingston, facing Market Square. The paintings will be hung in time for Art after Dark, so drop in during the tour on Thursday, May 23rd from 7 to 10 pm. Hope to see you there!

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Spring Studio Tour


Once again this spring I’ll be showing work in the Interconnected Art spring studio tour the weekend of May 4th and 5th. I’ll be exhibiting at the Sydenham Street United Church along with 10 other artists. Please drop by between 10 am and 5 pm. For more information, go to


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But it wasn’t there


This painting began as an abstract and almost stayed that way. But a shape on the left was suggesting the form of a window, and once I went along with that, the clothesline followed. The title, like the painting, is meant to be evocative but somewhat ambiguous.

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Ted Hsu, MP Calendar — January

If you live in the Kingston and the Islands federal riding, your 2013 calendar arrived in the mail this week from our MP Ted Hsu. The January image is a black-and-white version of this watercolour I did a few years ago during the Wolfe Island Chili Fest. The lake froze well that year, and there were sleigh rides on the lake, as well as skating, lots of chili and of course Wolf Tails (the Wolfe Island version of Beaver Tails!).



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Going Big

Abstract in Green and Micaceous Grey


Here is my most recent large abstract (48 x 36″). I’m working my way up to double that size. Painting a canvas this big is a very physical process; I put the canvas on the floor and work on it from all sides, pouring paint, moving it around with scrapers and 10″ wide brushes, and considering it from all angles.

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Koyman Galleries

I am very pleased to announce that I am now being represented by Koyman Galleries in Ottawa. The main gallery is in a beautiful loft-style space at 1771 St. Laurent Blvd., and there is a smaller gallery in the Rideau Centre as well. Please drop in and take a look at my latest work, or check it out on the gallery’s website at

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Rothko Revisited

Abstract in White, Orange & Grey


This is my latest painting. It’s certainly influenced by Rothko, my favourite abstract expressionist, but I feel it has a contemporary edge. I’m happy with it but I’m realizing I need to go bigger. Rothko’s were huge — he said it made the viewer experience the painting rather than look at it as an object outside oneself .




Ah, the lure of freshly primed canvas…


So I’ve prepped some larger canvases, and I’m planning a series of diptychs and triptychs. Having a painting spread over two or three panels adds another dimension, and also solves the logistical problems of storage and transportation of big works.

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Artist in the House

In August I was invited to be the next “Artist in the House” at the office of Kingston and the Islands M.P. Ted Hsu. Twenty of my paintings are on exhibit there, including several of my newest works (the paint is barely dry!). The MP’s office is in the Lasalle Mews building, 303 Bagot Street, Kingston, Suite 14. Please drop by and have a look.


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Debra’s Recent Work on Display

Turkey 2012Debra’s recent work is on display at the Stone Heron Gallery in the village of Marysville on Wolfe Island. The gallery is open from mid-May to Labour Day.

For private or group studio visits, please contact the artist.

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