Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Deborah Lougheed Sinclair, BFA, ASA

Upper Bear Falls 300dpi(1)

Deborah Lougheed Sinclair, Upper Bear Falls


Deborah has moved and travelled from coast to coast across Canada and the United States. She is the descendant of many generations of Canadian pioneers and early Hudson Bay employees. Two family lines are part of the Southern Alberta Old Timers Association. The historic family cottage in Banff was a very important influence, as the family vacationed there regardless of where they were living. It is there where she first learned to see the changing light and patterns on lakes and towering mountain peaks.

The Canadian landscape is vital to her art, and her artistic home is the Canadian Rockies. Returning with fresh eyes to the same places to experience different light and seasons is important, and continues now in her camper van. There is nothing better than a campsite to sit and watch the changing light. Mount Robson Meadows or the Columbia Icefields (right in the parking lot believe it or not) allows you to park your camper and watch the sun both rise and set across the face of glaciers.
Deborah is now exploring her native roots, which include Chinook and Northern Cree. Visions of the traders, explorers, and natives come to her mind while following some of the same routes through the Rockies that her ancestors travelled.

Deborah is a graduate of Queen’s University and a Banff Centre alumnus. She has been member of the Alberta Society of Artists since 1985 and has exhibited internationally for over 35 years. Her paintings can be found in many corporate and public collections internationally. Currently, the Roberts Gallery in Toronto represents her art.

Her acrylic paintings are a collection of elements that endeavour to convey a fleeting and varied visual experience. Subtle layers of colour play an important role. Her new work is still in acrylic but is on cradled board rather than canvas, and sponge applicators along with fluid acrylics are used more often than traditional paintbrushes.

Meadows in the Sky 300dpi

Deborah Lougheed Sinclair, Meadows in the Sky

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Deborah:  I have been influenced by the huge and beautiful country that we are so fortunate to live in. I have had the opportunity to drive across our country from shore to shore, to experience its enormous size and empty yet visually exciting spaces. I was also influenced by my time at Queen’s University in their Fine Art program. Frequent weekend trips to major US galleries and exposure to original art of such a wide range early in my education and career had a lasting effect.

ASA: What do you consider your most succesful body of work to date?

Deborah: I am happiest with my Rockies work: Glaciers, waterfalls, wildflowers. Our Rocky Mountain

Glacier Valley Paintbrush 300dpi

Deborah Lougheed Sinclair, Glacier Valley Paintbrush

wildflowers are in danger from climate change. The trees now grow at higher elevations and are squeezing the wildflowers closer the summits where it is too steep for their survival.

ASA and TREX Address

Crossroads Art Centre
#302 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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