Many moons ago as I was planning what to do with my life after leaving high school in Edinburgh Scotland, I was torn between a career in dramatic art, the visual arts or speech therapy. In the end I listened to my father who believed that I was destined to wait tables if I followed the first two options! I opted for speech therapy and earned my degree at Edinburgh University.
I have never regretted that decision! Speech and Language Pathology proved to be an absorbing and fascinating profession which actively engaged me for over 40 years; upon retirement I plucked up courage and enrolled in an art class with Bowser artist Elissa Anthony and for the past 7 years I have been guided by her teaching and mentorship and am discovering the challenges and joy of painting with oils. The relationship between creativity and wellbeing has always interested me and surprisingly was an integral component of my career in speech and language pathology.
My retirement has been enriched by re-discovering painting and the mental and creative challenges it presents. I find the doing is often as important as the outcome as I paint! Equally stimulating and important are the wonderful fellow painters I meet along the way and being surrounded by the beauty of Vancouver Island.
Deb Peters has developed a style to help the viewer to see a story within a painting, to hopefully connect to the art work and enable them to enjoy the story for years to come.
During the 1980’s, Deb expressed her creative side by becoming a working potter, developing dish-ware and sculptures. The pottery was designed in a Japanese styled her works were sold in Western Canada, the Yukon and Japan.
Since 2014, Deb has moved to Vancouver Island for its natural beauty. She is an Active member of the Canadian Federation, DeCosmos Fine Arts, Sooke Fine Art Society, Oceanside Community Arts Council, Pacific Rim Art Society and participates in Art shows and in galleries.
I was born in Ottawa ON and in my early twenties I moved to Montreal QC. I always loved visual art and in my mid twenties I decided to go to school for it. I attended the Illustration and Design program at Dawson College in MTL and really learned a lot in those three years.
After college I spent time freelancing until my husband and I moved near Seattle WA for a few years where I explored the incredible West Coast, and spent a lot of time figure drawing and doing art in various forms. In 2021 we moved up to BC where I have taken an interest in acrylic landscapes. I love the use of colour, pattern and attempt to capture some of the beauty of the west coast in my work. I feel blessed to live in such an awe inspiring place, and in my free time I enjoy exploring the outdoors- especially on my bicycle. We moved to Parksville this spring, I already love the natural spaces here and I have met some very welcoming and creative people, so I am excited to pursue my artistic journey oceanside. You can see more of my work on my website alexcarr.ca