Member of the Month – Kamloops Arts Council
Full Name: Debra Gow
Medium: At the moment Acrylic but I taught Watercolor for 20 years plus I did many workshops for students in Mixed Media & Collage.
How long have you been doing your art: Well over 40 years professionally, but even as a little girl I drew, painted, designed things like jewelry.
What got you originally interested in the art you do: Years ago I was asked to teach and instruct abstract art with collage & mixed media, that was my starting point for where I am now. I think I looked at representational art as the correct path to follow but it just never felt right for me. I now feel it was my interest in intuitive & abstract art/artists that got me on my path to a more intuitive way to paint.
What is something you have learned about yourself through your art: I learned to let go of realism and local colours a while back. I listen to my intuitive side and just let the paintings happen. Of course, the technical things still must be correct but I have learned to totally trust my intuition while painting these last few years. I love contemporary art and abstraction I find it much more rewarding and challenging than anything else I’ve done.
What do you enjoy the most about your art: I enjoy the zone I get into in my studio, I put on my music and kind of zen out into painting & intuitive thinking. I enjoy the whole process of setting up to touching paint to the canvas.
What is your favourite joke/quote: My Favorite quote is…. I have 2; “Think about what you want not what you don’t want” & “Gratitude is Altitude” It lifts your soul.
What is something most people don’t know about you: That I have rescued Pitbull’s & absolutely adore them as a dog breed.
If you could teach everyone one art medium or method, what would it be, why: Probably ” Watercolor” because if you can understand the science of that medium you can paint in almost everything else.
What do you think makes art important: I think it’s a universal language that anyone in the world can relate to emotionally & that’s pretty important.
Why are you a member of the Kamloops Arts Council: When I came to the city of Kamloops to check out the art scene I knew getting involved with them would open up the arts & culture for me. They have been an all-around helpful & friendly team with anything you may need.
What are you looking forward to the most in this upcoming year (A special show or project you’re working on): I am looking forward to putting a body of work together for a show, plus attaining my signature status with the Federation in 2022.
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 12:37 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Will Canada finally stem rising aviation emissions in 2022?
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Wandering on Dewdrop Ridge – Kamloops Trails
Sun, May 15, 2022 at 8:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Six Mile Thrice – Kamloops Trails
Sat, May 14, 2022 at 6:10 pm - Bill Sundhu posted on their blog: There is no Peace without Justice! »
Thu, May 12, 2022 at 10:13 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Green living is good for you — and the planet
Tue, May 10, 2022 at 7:45 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Early Hiking in the Frederick Bluffs
Sat, May 7, 2022 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Up the NE Mara Route
Thu, May 5, 2022 at 11:18 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Suppressed science shows fish farms endanger wild salmon
Tue, May 3, 2022 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: A Moderate Hike on the Uplands Trails
Sat Apr 23 to Sat Jun 18 Sailing Pretty Close to the Wind
Sat May 7 to Sat May 21 Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale
Thu May 12 to Sat May 28 WCT: The Wizard of Oz
Thu May 12 to Sat May 28 The Wizard of Oz
Tue May 17 Tuesday Night Trivia at Carlos O’Bryan’s
Wed May 18 Wednesday Night Trivia at Fox’N Hounds Pub
Thu May 19 Thursday Night Trivia at Tumbleweeds Pub
Thu May 19 Thursday Night Trivia at Rick’n Firkin Pub
Fri May 20 to Sat May 21 Paule Kype & Texas Flood
Fri May 20 Eric Johnston Run With The Bull Comedy Tour
Fri May 20 Film: The Last Tourist
Fri May 20 Film: Bootlegger
Fri May 20 The Olivia Show: A Tribute to Olivia Newton-John
Sat May 21 Eamon McGrath and his Electric Band with St.Arnaud