Debrah Gilmour is a Montreal artist specializing in landscapes and portraiture. She graduated in Fine Arts from John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec and continued her studies in Education, Literature and Art at Concordia University.
Debrah’s works are in private collections across Canada and four images are available as greeting cards published by les Editions Galerie l’Imagerie. As well, one of her paintings appears on the book cover of “The Politics of the City.” Her interests have led her to donate her art at charity auctions for organizations such as The Shield of Athena and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
She is drawn to a realistic style reflecting an innate interest in nature. Her travels to Italy, Ireland, England and the Mediterranean have inspired much of her work. While adept at landscape painting, Debrah is also an accomplished portrait artist. She believes that artistic insights are gained by studying other genres. Her evocative pastel and watercolour portraits of children capture the fleeting innocence of the early years. She believes that the best portrait artists possess the ability to “see through” the subjects and are able to convey the most essential qualities of the subjects. That is when portraits develop an emotional component and become real.
Debrah’s love of nature and especially the animal kingdom have led to a number of commissioned pet portraits. Faithful friends and cherished pets are a favourite subject of hers.
Debrah’s extensive teaching career has led her to conceive and create whimsical murals and large scale canvas installations for children. She also has a line of painted furniture inspired by favourite children’s books.
Debrah is currently teaching in Montreal.