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Deborah Tilby SFCA, OPAM

Deborah Tilby is a Canadian painter currently living in Victoria BC.  She is recognized as one of the top oil and watercolour painters in the country and is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and of the Oil Painters of America.

Her work has won numerous international awards, has appeared in International Artist, Southwest Art, Arabella, Fine Art Connoisseur and Artist magazines and has been accepted into the prestigious American Masters Show at the Salmagundi Club in New York.

Artist’s Statement
Light and shadow is what initially draws me to a subject; the challenge of capturing the mood, time of day, and season in a representational yet loose way is what keeps me coming back to the easel. My aim, whether it be in the studio or in the field, is to use colour as I see it, with a particular fondness for neutrals and earth colours, soft violets, rusts, and greens. The way the paint goes on is equally as important as what I mix on the palette; my intention is to indicate and represent, without becoming bogged down in the minutiae. Weathered boats, vintage bicycles, rusty mailboxes, old brick and textured stone, all afford me the opportunity to explore my interpretation of textures with both brush and knife work. Accomplishing what I intend never ceases to be difficult, fascinating, and deeply fulfilling. It keeps me painting almost daily!

Painting began for me with my first watercolour at age eighteen. I love watercolour and it held my interest for many years, before I began working with oils. I am Canadian but for fourteen years, England was home and European street scenes and landscapes were my subject. A move to the west coast of British Columbia reoriented my lens toward the beaches, boats, waves, and marinas of coastal living. Not entirely committed to trading Europe for Canada, I have travelled between the two, keeping my perspective fresh and allowing my work to straddle both continents. While my subjects oscillate across geographical borders, I now stick to oils most of the time, only occasionally reaching for my watercolours. I still love watercolour but am drawn to the flexibility, freedom, and richness that oils offer.

I became a painter by way of being an observer; I have always noticed light and shadow, shapes, texture, composition and colour, and endeavouring to interpret my observations through painting has been a lifelong passion. That people choose my work to hang in witness of their lives is a bonus, both wonderful and humbling.

Gallery 8, Salt Spring Island, BC
Peninsula Gallery, Sidney, BC

AWARDS 2014-present only
Alden Bryan memorial Award, AAPL 92 Grand National (2020)
Best in Show, Sedona/Gateway Competition (Sept 2020)
Best in Show, Sedona/Gateway Competition (July 2020)
Best Landscape, Plein Air Salon (June/July2020)
First place, Impressionist Landscape AmerArt Awards (2020)
2nd-tie, Impressionist Landscape AmerArt Awards (2020)
First Place, FCA 365 Exhibition (2020)
Finalist, Boldbrush (Sept 2019)
Best In Show, Sedona/Gateway (Sept 2019)
Finalist, Int. Artist seascape/lakes (June 2019)
Finalist, Boldbrush (Feb 2019)
Honourable Mention, OPA Showcase (Fall 2018)
Second Place Impressionist Landscape AmerArt Awards (2018)
Third Place Impressionist Animal AmerArt Awards (2018)
Fourth Place Impressionist Landscape AmerArt Awards )2018)
Award of Excellence, OPA Western Regional (2018)
Second Place, Annual Prize Sedona/Gateway (2017-2018)
Best In Show, Sedona Art Prize (May 2018)
Best Landscape, NOAPS International online show (2017)
Finalist, Boldbrush Competition (Sept 2017)
Best on Canvas, Sidney Fine Arts (October 2017)
Best in Show, Sedona Art Prize (Sept 2017)
2nd place, Boldbrush Competition August (2017)
Honourable Mention OPA summer Showcase (2017)
3rd place overall, Plein Air Salon (2017)
Finalist, OPA Spring Showcase (2017)
International Artist Magazine article (2017)
Best in Show, Sedona Art Prize (Oct 2016)
Award of Excellence, OPA Western Regional (2016)
Best Work on Canvas, Sidney Fine Arts (2016)
First Place Overall, Plein Air Magazine Aug/Sept (2016)
Fourth Place Impressionist Landscape Amer Art Awards (2016)
Honourable Mention, OPA Summer Showcase (2016)
Second Place Overall, Plein Air Salon (April/May 2016)
Finalist, Artist Magazine Annual Competition (April 2016)
Honourable Mention, OPA Spring Showcase (2016)
Best Landscape, NOAPS Spring Showcase (2016)
Merit Award, NOAP International Show (2015)
H. Mention, Southwest Art Artistic Excellence (Nov 2015)
Finalist, Boldbrush Competition (Oct 2015)
Finalist, Artist Magazine Competition (May 2015)
Finalist, Boldbrush Competition (May 2015)
First Place, OPA Spring Showcase (May 2015)
Third Place, Boldbrush Competition (Feb 2015)
Best Water, Plein Air Salon (Jan 2015)
Second Place, Boldbrush Competition (Dec 2014)
First Place, AmerArt Awards Impressionist Landscape (2014)
Finalist, International Artist Landscape Contest (Sept 2014)

Finalist, OPA Showcase (Aug 2014)
Finalist, Boldbrush Competition (July 2014)
Best Landscape, Plein Air Salon (April/May 2014)
Best in Show Boldbrush Competition (Feb 2014)
Third Place, Boldbrush Competition (Jan 2014)

Fine Art connoisseur (Feb 2020)
Circle Foundation for the Arts (2020)
Fine Art Connoisseur (November 2019)
Focus Magazine (November 2019)
International Artist Magazine (June 2019)
Southwest Art Magazine article (Feb 2019)
Artsy Shark online article (Nov. 2018)
International Artist Magazine-10 page article (Spring 2017)
Arabella Magazine-16 page article (Spring issue 2016)
Southwest Art Magazine (December 2015 issue)
International Artist Magazine (January issue 2015)
International Artist Magazine (June issue 2000)

EXHIBITIONS 2014 – present only
92 Grand National American Artists Professional League
Oil Painters of America Western Regional (2020)
Sooke Fine Arts (July 2020)
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria online Show (July 2020)
FCA Social Distancing Exhibition (April 2020)
FCA 365 Exhibition (Feb 2020)
Oil Painters of America Western Regional (2019)
Oil Painters of America National (2019)
Small Works Show, Frame of Reference Fine Art, Montana (2018)
Small Works Show, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2018)
Sidney Fine Arts Show, Masters Category (2018)
Oil Painters of America Western Regional (2018)
Oil Painters of America National (2018)
Invitational, Howard Mandville Gallery (2017)
American Masters Show, Salmagundi Club (2017)
Sidney Fine Arts Show (2017)
Oil Painters of America Summer Showcase (2017)
Oil Painters of America Spring Showcase (2017)
NOAPS Spring Showcase (2017)
Oil Painters of America National (2017)
Sidney Fine Arts (2016)
OPA Western Regional Exhibition(2016)
OPA Salon, (2016)
Symbolically 8, Gallery 8 (2016)
Sidney Fine Arts Show (2015)
Oil Painters of America Salon (2015)
OPA Western Regional Exhibition(2015)
OPA National Exhibition 2015)
OPA Western Regional Exhibition(2014)
Symbolically 8, Gallery 8 (2014)

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