Current Artists: Debra Tate-Sears

Current Artist:
Debra Tate-Sears
7 February 2017  – 4 April 2017


Debra Tate-Sears


Debra Tate-Sears is a painter who has exhibited and presented her artwork to the public for over thirty years.  For most of those years, her work has focused primarily on watercolour painting, and the development of a unique detailed, “dry on dry” transparent layering technique.  This stylistic approach is very similar to the technical aspects employed with egg tempera, and Debra now includes this medium in her portfolio.  Egg tempera is an almost forgotten medium that is fascinating in its organic engagement of the artist.  The processes involved with preparing panels, making gesso and grinding pigments to create paint with egg yolk as binder hasn’t changed in over 1000 years.

Debra also paints on old weathered slate tiles that have been removed from heritage buildings with transparent India ink and watercolour.   She creates 19th century styled landscapes that incorporate 19th century structures synonymous with the type of architecture found in this area.

The natural staining and weathering of the stone comes through the transparent mediums, and dictates the composition.  The result is very moody and dark, reminiscent of the “Romantic” landscape treatment employed  by Britsh artists (1800-1850) during the time that our own “landscape” was created.

The Corridor Gallery is a small, public gallery that has been in operation at the Library since 1997 with the enthusiastic support of the CEO/Chief Librarian, staff and patrons. Colourful and engaging displays are changed on a monthly basis featuring the work of emerging and established artists from the Ottawa Valley and beyond. Curators of the Gallery are Barbara Cotterill and Ann Jezewski.

We welcome expressions of interest from artists who are invited to contact the curators by email. Click here for details of how to apply.

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