My paintings are usually jumping off points to my poetry and short stories. After completion of a painting, it often conjures up words that develop into stories in their own right. It is important to note that these stories are not written in stone but are my interpretation at a moment in time.
This exhibition is both a celebration of the beauty and diversity of our fragile ecosystems in the Canadian Rockies and a warning about the dramatic changes to them due to human activity and the significant climate change we are currently witnessing today. Composed of an acrylic paintings series depicting the wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain landscape; this exhibition includes new and retrospective work from the artist, Deborah Lougheed Sinclair.
The Futility Index series is based on the limitations of physical balance. It explores scientific, political, and philosophical approaches to considering literal and figurative distributions of weight.
A visual art practice built on ‘Animating the Spirit’…
I embark on a scavenger hunt through a personal and cultural memory of headlines, magazine images, photos, ephemera collected from the bottoms of drawers, remnants of nature, stamps and stencils, which is textured, coloured, glued, torn, or over-painted. The sum of it is considered with the undertones of symbol and metaphor, politics, science, anthropology and futurism.
I am a self-taught artist. From as early as I can remember, I loved art. I could always be found with a pencil or paintbrush in my hand, drawing on walls and anything else I could find. Over the years, I would practice drawing by copying the works of artists I admired. I have always been passionate about the environment and the outdoors and obtained my BSc. in Land Reclamation from the University of Alberta. I worked in both the government and private sector but had a persistent feeling that something was missing. I couldn’t forget how full of joy creating artwork made me feel. After several years, I followed my heart and left the professional world to pursue artwork. It is truly something I was created to do and I am now living a purposeful life as an artist.