Deborah is, to date, our only exhibitor from overseas. She approached us, being interested in representation in England. Ready for a polite "thanks, but no thanks" reply, I wearily had a look at her website and my eyes lit up...here was a really classy painter and I very quickly knew we had struck gold and fired off an email to say yes, we would very much be interested in exhibiting her work!
Deborah lived for many years in England where she painted watercolours of English and European streetscenes, captivated by the light and the shadows over the texture of old brick, stone and peeling plaster. She has often returned to the streets of Europe for her inspiration, sometimes in watercolour but often in oils. She also enjoys the challenge the local landscape offers although the subject within is secondary to her main inspiration and focus which is the light, the interplay of warms and cools, lights and darks and the subtle colours of autumn and winter, the rusts, violets, blue-greys and soft greens. Landscape painting to Deborah is a challenge, one that she finds endlessly fascinating and deeply fulfilling.
Deborah's stunning work would sell equally well regardless of whether the subject was Canadian, English or European, because of its sheer quality. A great painting arrests the eye of the viewer, regardless of the subject matter. As a gallery owner, painter and art collector myself, I buy a painting not because of a view I might recognise, but because of the depiction of a light effect, or the rendering of trees, or water, or light on a roof, that 'something' that gladdens the soul. Some painters just have 'it', and Deborah Tilby has 'it' in spadesful and we are indeed thrilled and honoured to exhibit her work here in Rutland, all the way from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.