Debi Garrett is an artist from Northern Ireland. She creates art because it is something she loves doing and because she finds it therapeutic. She believes we are all born with a purpose - to live, to love, to laugh and to create. She remembers painting and drawing as a young child - who didn’t love getting the old shirt apron on and getting the big pots of paint out in primary school?
Her dad also loved to paint and the smell of oil paint, linseed oil and paint thinners takes her right back to her childhood. She remembers being fascinated with how he created landscape paintings from sketches he made while they were out for Sunday drives. She begged him to teach her and finally he relented - they didn’t have a lot of cash and she remembers him being wary of her touching anything as his materials cost a lot of money. In fact, she remembers watching him in shops trying to decide between supplies depending on how much cash he had available.
He eventually let her use an old canvas and showed her how to paint with oils - they painted a vase with yellow flowers on a blue background. She recalls him using crumpled up kitchen paper to make the background texture effects. She doesn’t know what happened to that little painting, but she does remember being as proud as punch with it!
She lost touch with art and painting after her dad died in 1989 and only reconnected with it in 2016 when she went for a couple of art lessons with a local artist called Angie McKee in her art studio in Bangor, County Down. Once she got bitten by the art bug again there was no stopping her and she has been painting and trying her best to be creative ever since.
Nature inspires her so you will see that most of her work consists of natural scenes, landscapes, treescapes and seascapes. Oils are her preferred medium as she loves how they blend and she enjoys the texture they create, especially when the palette knife comes out to play.
Lately she has been working on a new abstract collection which is a little different, but the underlying thread remains - she wants her art to make you feel good. To provide a source of calm reflection in your busy day and to make you smile when you see it.
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