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Deborah Tilby, SFCA

For me painting has always been about the light. I lived for many years in England when I painted watercolours of English and European streetscenes, captivated by sun and shadows over the textures of old brick, stone and peeling paint and plaster. I have often returned to the streets of England for my inspiration, sometimes in watercolour but more recently in oils.

I also enjoy the challenge the local landscape offers although the subject within the landscape is secondary to my main inspiration and focus which is the light and the interplay of warms and cools, lights and darks and their effect on form and colour.

I am especially drawn to the subtle colours of autumn and winter; the rusts,
violets, blue greys and soft greens.

Landscape painting is a challenge, one that is endlessly fascinating and deeply fulfilling.

I first began exhibiting my work at age 19, with representation over the years by galleries in western Canada, Ontario, and England.

Group Shows
2011 Trailside Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
2011 Settlers West Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2010 Sidney Fine Arts, Sidney, BC
2010 Moss Street Paint In, Victoria, BC
2010 Focus Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
2009 – 2011 Coast Collective, Colwood, BC
2006 Moss Street Paint In, Victoria, BC
2002 – 2011 The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
1995-1996 Stephen Lowe Gallery, Victoria, BC
1992 Sooke Fine Arts, Sooke, BC
1993-1994 Marshall Gallery, Victoria, BC
1987 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, London
1986 Park Walk Gallery, London, England
1985-1992 Royall Fine Art, Tunbridge Wells, England
1981 – 1985 Bromley Gallery, Kent, England
1977 – 1978 Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, BC
1974 – 1977 Leafhill Gallery, Victoria, BC
1973 – 1974 Johnson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

International Artist Magazine
Work selected for permanent exhibition in Royal Institute of Painters in

Victoria College of Art
Tswwassen Art Club
Saltspring Painters Guild
Oak Bay Art Club
Windsor Park Art Club
Studio 30
Coast Collective Arts Centre
Somerset House
Numerous private lessons

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