Debra Lengyell is a graduate of The University of Waterloo where she majored in fine arts. She continued her art education at Mount Allison University. Debra was an art specialist with the Waterloo Board of Education where she taught grades 1-8 Art. She took an early retirement in 2011 to pursue art full-time.
Debra has exhibited her award winning art in many galleries and juried shows including the Homer Watson Gallery, the Wellington County Museum & Archives and the Waterloo Community Arts Centre. She is part of a group show at the Homer Watson Gallery in the fall of 2015.
I paint and draw people, scenes, and interiors, but, for me, the subject matter is secondary to how light affects the subject matter and the interesting shadows and shapes it creates. I love shadows! I always use a palette knife because I enjoy the texture it creates in the paint. The knife helps me get to the “essence” of the subject and not get caught up in the details. When I draw, I’m not interested in outside lines but, again, in the light or the values. If I succeed in getting these, then I’ve created recognizable objects. Sometimes it’s a surprise to me to see what happens right before my eyes!