Debra Ann Renner, Debra Ann Renner
Not for sale
I started doing art as a hobby in a folk-art style using acrylic paint and water colours. I signed up for art classes on weekends and in the evenings when I wasn’t working as a psychiatric nurse in the Calgary hospitals a career that spanned 40 years. Some art classes were with seniors groups or in community and continuing art classes and sometimes with a few friends as we encouraged each other. I took classes from artists at Swintons in Calgary. I moved to British Columbia when I retired a few years ago because I acquired a grandchild and I have had many happy hours painting with her. She enjoys the artwork and I’ve always told her that she is already an artist. I’ve also written a few childrens books specifically for this same grandchild hoping that her creative spirit will continue to grow. I employed a budding illustrator to do the artwork for my books. I believe we all have that spark of creativity in us that just needs to be nurtured and confidence will somehow prevail. Most of my art hangs in the homes of friends and relatives. Over the years it never occurred to me to try to put my art up in a gallery-like the South Delta Artists Guild. This group has been very welcoming and not nearly as intimidating as I imagined. Recently, I organized having a local coffee shop, Localz Urban Cafe, in Ladner showing a few members' artwork as well as my own. This was so much fun!