Artist's Statement

I think of all my work as drawings. Drawing is a descriptive language that extends my vocabulary and allows me to view my experiences through an extensive range of marks, materials and approaches. Every drawing is a hand-made journey through a passage of time that includes adventure, struggle and resolution. Through a process of construction and deconstruction, the line weight, character and quality of each mark, reflects my state of mind and feeling response to the subject matter. I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture ephemeral subject matter such as clouds, wind and the illusion of light by a continuous manipulation of materials.

Deborah McColl, Victoria, BC. Visual Artist

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2021 - University of Victoria - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

2012 - BC School of Art Therapy, Victoria, BC - Various classes

1995 - Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC - Printmaking Program

1994 - McKay Technical Institute, Vancouver, BC - Desktop Publishing/Graphic Arts

1990 - Kwantlen College, Richmond, BC - Interior Design Program

1988 - Kwantlen College, Surrey, BC - Fine Arts Program

1988 - BCIT, Burnaby, BC – Photography Program


2011 - Sidney Fine Arts Show, Sidney, BC

2011 - Moss St. Paint-In, Victoria, BC

2004 - Out of Hand Show, Victoria, BC

2003 - Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival, Gibsons, BC

2003 - Nelson Artwalk, Nelson, BC

2002 - Nelson Artwalk, Nelson, BC

1999 - BC Festival of the Arts, Nelson, BC


2017 - Greater Victoria Community Arts Council, Victoria, BC

2016 - Cedar Hill Arts Centre Gallery, Victoria, BC

2013 - Dales Gallery, Victoria, BC

2006 - Ironworks Studio, Vancouver, BC


Kootenay Art Gallery, Castlegar, BC

The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, Victoria, BC

Qualicum House, Qualicum, BC

The Craft Connection, Nelson, BC

Indigo Road, Nelson, BC

New Perspective Gallery, Vallican, BC

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC


2011 - Sidney Fine Arts Show

2003 - Nelson Daily News (interview)

1999 - BC Festival of the Arts


2015 - private residence, Vancouver, BC. 'Kua Bay', 3ft x 2ft, Oil on wood panel

2008 - Horizon Distributors, Burnaby, BC, ‘Ariel Narratives’, 6ft. x 4ft. Oil on canvas

2007 - Private residence, Burnaby, BC. ‘Green Goddess’ 3ft. x 4ft., Oil on canvas


2010 - Gallery in the Schools Program, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

2009 - Outdoor Tile Mosaic, Brentwood Park Elementary, Burnaby, BC – involved entire school body of 450+ children, ages K- Gr. 7


2018 - Victoria, BC, Private group art lessons for adults.

2015 - Victoria, BC, Private art lessons for children – taught various art skills such as drawing/painting/printmaking

2014 - Victoria Youth Custody Centre – taught various art skills to male youth

2013 - Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health, Ledger House – taught various art skills to youth (ages 12-17) & children (ages 5-11)

2010 - Gallery in the Schools Program (AGGV), Victoria, BC

2009 - Brentwood Park Elementary, Burnaby, BC - Grade 2/3 Block Printing Project

2008 - Brentwood Park Elementary, Burnaby, BC - Grade 2/3 Landscapes in Watercolour

2002 - Brent Kennedy Elementary, Crescent Valley, BC - Grade 1 Papier Mache Grade 2 Silkscreening on Fabric & Block Printing

2001 - Vallican Whole School, Vallican, BC - K/1 – Silkscreening/basic colour theory/silk painting/melted wax crayon art

1998 - The Garden School, Tsawwassen, BC - Basic block printing/colour theory


Vancouver Life Drawing Society – Member