Deborah Farquharson finds most of her inspiration in the landscape around her farm in Mulmur, Ontario, where she lives part time. Deborah uses nature as an access point for her creative practice. She looks closely at organic details and becomes an observer of the seemingly mundane. A simple tuft of grass; the directional twist in the bark of a tree; the skeletal silhouette of a dead tree; the pattern of grass flattened by spring runoff; the weave of a bird’s nest or the line of trees that frames a field, these subtle and sometimes brief articulations of the landscape provide a source of inspiration for her. Through her work, Deborah aims to transmit the sense of curiosity and wonder she experiences to the viewer.
Deborah’s continued development of a more process oriented painting arises as a natural progression from her investigative photography practice. She uses acrylic and various drawing mediums on wood or paper. Her recent work incorporates painting with fire on wood as a way of harnessing the unexpected marks that arise from the manipulation of the intensity of flame on wood.
After graduating with an Arts degree from McGill and a BFA from Ryerson University, Deborah coordinated a history of photography and production workshop in Paris through Ryerson's continuing education department.
She has shown work in The Artist Project 2019, the Creemore Curiosity House Gallery 2018, the Peter MacKendrick Gallery, 2018 and 2017. ArteMbassy Group show, 2018 and 2016. The Creemore Arts Festival, 2015. Ben Navaee Gallery, 2014. The Riverdale Art walk, 2010. Cantine Restaurant, 2008. The Red Sable Gallery, 2007. The Ryerson Gallery, 1999. The Alliance Francaise, 1998.
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