CANADIAN ARTIST DEBRA BANNISTER
Debra sees the world through "bold colored" lenses. Inspired by vibrant images and lively personalities, luminous light and color defines Debra's watercolor paintings. Her goal is to capture the colorful moments in life both real and imagined.
Debra has exhibited professionally at juried art shows, fine art galleries and invitational exhibits across Ontario since 2009. In 2010 she launch her first solo art show and in 2011 she was awarded 3rd prize at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival Open Competition for her painting "Shopping in Havana".
In 2012 she had the honor of being commissioned as the last artist to render the final painting of the Wolseley Barracks at ASU London, Ontario. As a former Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment soldier and member of the Canadian Armed Forces, the connection to project and its history hit very close to home. The painting now resides in the permanent collection of The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, Ontario.
In 2014 Debra was awarded Juror's Choice for her painting " Swan Parade" at the 56th Annual East Ontario Art Association Juried Exhibition held at the Art Gallery of Bancroft in Bancroft, Ontario. In 2015 The Stratford Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario featured this painting. Card and prints are now sold in the Festival Theatre Store. Debra added another painting to the swan parade theme in 2017 with "Two of a Kind". She received an Honorable Mention for "Hear Me Roar" at the 2016 Kawartha Artistís Gallery Annual Juried Show in Lindsay, ON. Most recently Debra became a published illustrator painting 21 illustrations for the children's book "Floofus Land Adventures".
Her Six Foot Bay studio overlooks Buckhorn Lake, part of the Trent Severn Waterway in Ontario. Her paintings reflect her love of nature, people and world wide travel. She continues to share her knowledge through workshops, classes and sometimes over a glass of wine.Her paintings and patrons can be found across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She is a member of the Kawartha Artists Group and Studio, The Link Gallery and the East Central Ontario Arts Association.