Debbie over the years has travelled extensively throughout the country on painting trips and has had painting trips overseas to Italy, Prague, Austria, Hong Kong, Ireland to name a few, but she always happily returns home to her favourite painting ground.
Debbie has always had a strong desire to explore and paint on location. Debbie usually staying in DOC or farm Station huts or even sets up her tent, to enable her to stay on location and paint. Sometimes Debbie flies inland by helicopter to remote spots but more often she drives her (4WD) truck which has been specially set up, accompanied by husband or painting buddies to paint en plein air.
Debbie chooses to paint in both oils and watercolours depending on how she wants to interpret the scene. After years of teaching both Primary and Secondary students, Debbie now chooses to teach painting skills and techniques to adult students. Debbie has been guest tutor with many different art groups throughout the country as well as teaching in Ashburton. For Debbie, the ultimate Art lesson is taking students outdoors and painting “en plein air”, so they understand and feel the connection with their surrounds and listening to the music of nature. Painting en plein air enables the artist to use all senses to paint their truth, capturing emotions and connections. Painting bares the soul.
All Debbie’s artworks are completely original and are either painted “alla prima” on location, or in her studio at home from sketches and photos she has taken. Over the past 30+ years Debbie has received many awards for her works which are in private collections both nationally and internationally