Born in northern Alberta and raised in the rich cultural heritage of Montréal, childhood trips to
galleries and summer holidays to the Rockies inspired Debra’s life long interest in art making and the western Canadian landscape in particular. The mystical landscape paintings of an earlier generation and the dynamics of nature have informed her life as a painter. After graduating from Ottawa’s Algonquin College School of Applied Design in 1977, Debra moved west to live her life in the mountains. She has taught Drawing, Design and Painting at Kootenay School of the Arts@ Selkirk College in Nelson, B.C. for over a decade. Debra still resides in Nelson where she paints and continues to teach workshops on Art as a Way of Knowing.