Deborah Lougheed Sinclair
BFA, ASA, SCA
Deborah is a graduate of Queen’s University and a Banff Centre alumnus. She has been member of the ASA since 1985 and SCA since 2018. She has exhibited nationally and internationally for over forty years. Her paintings can be found in over fifty corporate and public collections internationally. Deborah’s paintings can be found in books and catalogues. She is represented by the Roberts Gallery in Toronto.
“Society of Canadian Artists”, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC. 2019
“Society of Canadian Artists”, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2019
“Life Still”, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Travelling Exhibition Program 2019-2021
“The Artist’s Lens”, Calgary, Alberta wide “Exposure Festival” 2013 – 2020
“Oh, Canada”, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2016
“Celebrating Alberta”, Alberta Society of Artists – Open Juried Travelling Exhibition in Alberta and US Public Galleries 2012-2014
“The Forest Show”, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Travelling Exhibition Program, 2011-2014
“Hallmark Canada Fine Art Collection”, Riverbrink Art Museum, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, 2010
“Planet Earth Exhibition”, Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta, 2009 and Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Travelling Exhibition Program from 2009-2012
“The Mountaineer and the Artist”, Alpine Club of Canada Centennial, Whyte Museum Banff, AB 2006-7
“70th Anniversary Millennium Show”, Alberta Society of Artists, Leighton Foundation, 2001
“Bridging a New Century”, Red Deer and District Museum, AB., 2000
“Vistas of the West: Poems and Visuals of Nature” Editors: L. Kapustka, S. Kristoferson, L. Shyba, UpRoute/Durvile Publications, Calgary, AB, 2019
“Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains 1809-2012”, Nancy Townshend, Bayeax Arts, Inc., Calgary, 2012, p 103
“Peaks of the Canadian Rockies”, Kathryn Manry, Blurb, 2011
“The Mountaineer and the Artist”, the Alpine Club of Canada Centennial, McAra Printing, 2006
“Alberta Society of Artists, The First Seventy Years”, Kathy E. Zimon, University of Calgary Press, 2000
I started painting at a young age. The historic family cottage in Banff always was home to me. My family moved frequently and Banff was the only constant in my world. It is where I learned to see the changing light and dancing patterns on lakes and towering peaks. There I learned to appreciate nature’s raw beauty, yet it’s fragile and fleeting existence.
My paintings reflect my personal interactions with the natural world. They portray a sense of realism, and a “sense of place” in the real world. Yet, each work is a collection of elements put together to relate a particular visual experience at a particular moment in time, rather than being a photographic record of a particular location. I am keenly interested in the more abstract compositional elements including; the shape, shadow, changing light, varied seasons, and fluid motion. My paintings capture fleeting moments in the changing patterns of our unique Canadian landscape and on a more personal level, relate the range of emotions elicited by each visual experience. Some of my newer acrylic paintings explore my indigenous roots: visions of fur traders, explorers, and first nations peoples, while following some of the same routes through the Rockies.
My original digital art pieces reflect similar interests, but the digital age has brought new and powerful techniques to my repertoire, and novel ways of exploring, analyzing, and ultimately expressing my personal narrative in forms that are exciting, and often unexpected. The digital medium allows me to move beyond the limitations of a simple snapshot and to combine, filter, and focus the collage of my own sensory and emotional experiences. I do not strive for photographic perfection in my artwork and my digital creations are not or defined or constrained by preconceptions of what modern digital art should be.