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Colour and the environment are key components which fuel my artistic expression. The changing seasonal palettes are fertile artistic ground. Colour often creates an emotional response in both the artist and the viewer. The lush spring greens, the hot yellows and pinks of summer, the rich opulence of autumn and the crisp clear whites of winter all contribute to my need to paint. These changing colours often reflect my own physical, emotional and spiritual moods. The seasonal kaleidoscope allows me to enjoy the moment while anticipating the approach of change. The seasons are such a vital part of Canadian life and in a metaphorical sense are symbolic of our own life cycle. Each season brings vibrancy and meaning into both my personal and painting experience.
Debra is inspired by the vibrancy and richness of nature's colours. By engaging the viewers sense of contemplation and imagination, she creates original pieces that vibrate with colour and energy.
Originally from the Lake Helen Reserve, Makoe now resides in Orillia and has been for the past twenty years.
Only recently (2015) re-established his artistic endeavors which began in 1967 and did so sporadically over the ensuing years. With the advent of time and age the art hopes to reflect the marriage of the archaic and the abstract to create a new and different set of images.The artist works with various mediums, which include acrylics, encaustic and tile mosaics
For me, making art is like writing a story; it makes order out of chaos. It also underscores the importance that recording impressions and events have to our collective experience. We operate within stories in order to understand our world and our place in it. Creative expression allows me to articulate what I experience as well as provide opportunities to unite with others. While what viewers take away from “reading” my work will be personal and pertinent to them, it is our shared experience that has the most value. Art has such capacity to move people. I am never more thrilled (and humbled) than when the nervous energy I feel during the process of creating is replaced by the awe that I have somehow tapped into the notion of the sacred.
Despite many side trips over the years into oils, pastels, egg tempera, and textiles, I always return to acrylic paints. I often use a monochromatic palette. I love iridescent and metallic paints for expressing the ephemeral quality of an experience; even the slightest shift in point of view changes the image’s appearance. The play between light and colour in these paints is like multi-faceted layers to truth and how opinion can change with the disclosure of new information. I never tire of being able to represent more than one point of view!
I suffered a life-changing vision loss in 2005 which has changed how I experience the world. But while I continue to choose my subject matter from the natural world, visual impairment has freed me from my former style of highly-detailed expression. While I use the same medium and grounds, I now employ them to subvert popular assumptions about sight. One common stereotype about vision loss is that it results in more acute hearing, but in reality sight merely allows the brain to filter background noise so that we can attend to something specific. My abstract works challenge what we see by evoking other senses: For example, I want the viewer to be able to visually experience what we rationally know about colours by thinking about how they might taste, smell, sound, or, feel. I hope to impart that seeing beyond vision can open the door to understanding that so much of what we assume to be true is open to interpretation.
Just like a story.
Zephyr Artists Group