BMFA Artist Directory

Deb Baillie

Acrylic, watercolour and mixed media

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Deb has always loved art!!! She graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, studied art direction and illustration at OCAD and also received her Bachelor of Education. Throughout her life she has always worked in the arts: as an artist, freelance illustrator, magazine production manager, event planner and high school art teacher. She has shown her work at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Ingram Fine Arts, BMFA group shows and most recently she was selected to create an interactive mural for Collingwood’s Art Alley, which has garnered rave reviews and a constant clammering of willing participants to have their picture taken in the JUMP mural!

Woven into that is her love for sports and the great outdoors: internationally competitive rower, nordic skier, swimmer, runner, and soon to be triathlete. After a long and winding journey she is now calling Collingwood home and diving back into life as a full time artist.

Her landscapes are a zoomed-in look at some of nature’s most overlooked gems of beauty such as beach stones, fallen leaves and feathers that have washed ashore. Her portrait work captures the essence and personality of its subject and the eyes reach out and speak to the viewer. Most of her work is acrylic on canvas as she loves the vibrancy and detail she can get with the medium but she is also in high demand for her whimsical watercolours, and sentimental dog portraits. Her work is heightened realism: she sees the colour she paints and her imagery comes alive with details and depth that invite participation and evoke emotion. Currently she is staying busy with her commission work: making custom paintings for clients around the world!