Before moving to British Columbia, Cooney resided in Ontario, where her first experiences were as an art and music teacher. Cooney’s skills were applied as a graphic artist employed in the greeting and decorating industry. Shealso freelanced as a graphic artist for a company in Quebec and a company in Belgium where her work is available in Europe, Asia and North America. Cooney later opened a successful studio/gallery which was ongoing until her move west. As an artist, Cooney incorporates her graphic skill to produce meticulously explicit watercolours showing the viewer a microscopic intimacy with natural form.
“Holding On” dye on silk on canvas $780.00
Deborah is a Vancouver Island born British Columbian. At 18 she decided to see the world and joined the Canadian Forces to pursue this journey. During her 20 years with the military, Deborah traveled extensively across Canada, from West to East, North to South, and to including various parts of Europe. The diverse scenery she encountered in her travels inspired her to become a full time painter. In 1992, having decided to give her all her time to painting, Deborah retired from the Forces, went to art school and became a full time artist.
“Single Red” $900.00 CAD
“Red B” $600.00 CAD
Formal Education –
1997 & 1998 – Ottawa University – Fine Arts
1995 & 1996 – Mission Renaissance School – Old Masters’ Techniques
1992 to 1994 – Fine Arts Diploma, St Lawrence College – Graduated with Distinction
2000 – University of New Brunswick – Art Educator
1988 & 1989 – Winnipeg Art Gallery – various art courses
Deborah has also been on staff as an Art Instructor at Orleans Visual Art Centre, Art Study Giverny France, Ottawa Continuing Education, Coast Collective Art Centre Victoria.
Coast Collective Art Centre – Vice President
Colwood Art Network – Board Director
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts – Board Member
Ottawa Art Association – President 2004-2006
Ottawa Art Festival – Board Member, 2003-2005
Ottawa Tulip Festival – Art co-chairperson, 2004-05