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Photo of Deborah J. Reed

A walk with a friend took us to this Christmas Eve sunrise on Lake Ontario. I can sense the curve of the earth here, and the continent beyond. I've explored the trails, beaches, forests and Bluffs since childhood. My daughters grew and played here too.

I like Canadian stories, and remember them in my studio. Only music invades the awesome gift of detachment there, and I translate through watercolour. Alternately, I spread my backpack paint paraphernalia on cottage decks, far off islands, over moss and ground, beach, rocks, campsites or on classroom tables whenever I can buy myself another package of professional technique and wisdom.

In watercolour, my elusive holy grail of media, I make mistakes and messes, have exploited saltwater, spit and campfire charcoal, moonlight, candles, flashlight, and even scrubbed sheets of 140 lb cold press in the lake to get things right. I remain eternally grateful for all tricks, tips and secrets thrown my way.

I honour artists whose work and language move me, thinkers whose spirits use poetry and faith, children who believe I can paint anything, friends who show me their own wild spaces, canny left-brainers who help with computer responsibility, and those who are curious enough to visit or even buy a small piece of me on stained paper.

I honour the high schools, art schools, gallery owners and my teachers: Mr. Mallon, Miss Heinz, Mr. Ritchie, Arlie Hoffman, Bruce Sinclair, Heidi Burkhardt, Fred Hummel, Carey Carrick, Jay Dampf, Atanur Dogan, Grant Fuller, Gary Chapman, Jack and Melanie Koca, Judy Lowry, Joan Ng, Frances Tyrrell, and especially Maurice Snelgrove.

I acknowledge the daily elements of this planet which motivate me to persist. Please enjoy these beginnings of self-expression. See them as windows as well.

- deborah j. reed

 

Commissions:

2004 - 2011 Sold prints, cards and originals at The Village Tea Room (Scarborough Bluffs)
2010 Breast Cancer auction fundraising campaign
2011 Children's Advent calendar; Presbyterian Church of Canada
2011 Fundraising pledge form; MCCT
2012 Fundraising auction; MCCT
2012 Regina Food Bank
2013 & 2014 Canadian Tire Jumpstart calendar
2013 - 2015 Ducks Unlimited (Alberta) auction
2016 Featured at Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre (Haliburton)
2016 Exhibit at Highlands Studio (Minden)

Deborah has developed six portraits for The Children's Book Bank and her works have been displayed as per Scarborough councillor's request at City Hall. Her greeting cards have sold at venues like The Papery in Yorkville, in the Arctic, and at professional functions. Deborah's work hangs in private collections and offices.

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