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DEBORAH STRONG
AFCA


one artist...
Deborah Strong has been an artist since she could first hold a pencil. She has formal training in fine arts and in graphic communication, and worked as a professional graphic designer for many years while maintaining a part-time visual art practice. She now devotes herself full-time to visual art. Deborah has a Fine Arts diploma from the University of the Fraser Valley and is a signature member the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA). Highlights of her ongoing professional development include seminars with wildlife artist Robert Bateman and mixed media artist Dawn Emerson.

 

one passion...
Fur or feathers, hooves or paws, from her own companion animals to the wild creatures she encounters, animals fascinate Deborah and fuel her creative passion. Her work ranges from portraits of companion animals to depictions of wild creatures in their natural habitats. Her own four-legged friends is often featured in her art, and sightings of wild birds and animals—both in her home region and abroad—offer ongoing and often unexpected inspiration. Her art speaks from her heart and from her own experiences. There is a personal story and an emotional investment every piece of art she makes. A lifetime spent in south-western British Columbia has given Deborah a particular affinity for the animals and birds of that region, and she has been fortunate to travel to some interesting and exotic places. She views herself as a global citizen who values the diverse creatures that inhabit the planet and feels responsibility towards its stewardship.

 

two styles...
Deborah works primarily in two media: coloured pencil and hand-painted silk. Her coloured pencil work emphasizes detail and control, while the essence of her silk paintings lies in simple forms and vibrant, flowing colour. Working in two distinctly different media brings balance to her practice and ensures her work remains fresh and lively, infused with a sense of wonder and discovery.

Deborah divides her time between the Lower Mainland and Mayne Island. Her mainland studio—Cat & Mouse Designs—is located in south Surrey and her Mayne Island studio is scheduled for completion in Summer 2017. Deborah currently shares her life with Hugo the cat and a mischievous cocker spaniel named Lily.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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exhibitions

Juried Exhibitions

2017:
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Festival Active Pass Third Annual Regional Exhibition, Mayne Island, BC
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Postcard Competition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
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Just Water, Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC 
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Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter) Spring Exhibition, Semiahmoo Arts, Surrey, BC 

2016:
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Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter) Winter Exhibition, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC

2014:
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Spilsbury Medal Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
   • Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), The ACT, Maple Ridge, BC
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Cascadia: Flora & Fauna of the West Coast, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
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Oil & Water, South Delta Artist's Guild, Tsawwassen, BC
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Arts 2014, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
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Foliage & Flowers, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
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Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BC
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Works on Paper, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2013:
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Spilsbury Medal Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
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AIRS (Annual International Representational Show), Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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Arts 2013, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
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2nd Fraser Valley Biennale, Mission Arts Centre, Mission, BC
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Spring Show, Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter) Semiahmoo Arts Centre, White Rock, BC
  • Success!, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2012:
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Small, Smaller, Smallest, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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Positively Petite, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC
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Autumn Salon, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
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Coloured Pencil Society of Canada National Exhibition, Ottawa, ON
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Arts 2012, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
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Open International Drawing Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
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Just Birds, Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC
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Spring Show, Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Chilliwack, BC
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Works on Paper, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
 
• artSpacific, Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC
  • Winter Show, Fraser Valley Artistst (FCA Chapter), Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC

2011:
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70th Anniversary Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
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Autumn Salon, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
  • Autumn Show, Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  • 1st Fraser Valley Biennale, Mission Arts Centre, Mission, BC
  • Arts 2011, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  • Hooves, Plows & Planting Fields, Langley Centennial Museum, Langley, BC
  • This Earth of Ours, Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC
  • artSpacific, Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC

2010:
  • Arts 2010, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  • artSpacific, Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC

Prior:
  • Arts 2009 - Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  • One for One: A License to Buy Art - Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC, 2008
 
• Abbotsford Here and Now - Kariton Gallery, Abbotsford, BC, 2008
  • White Rock Painting & Sketch Club Annual Exhibition- 1985, 1987-89
  • BC Regional Arts Council Annual Exhibitions - 1983, 1985-86, 1989
  • Cats, Cats, Cats - Gallery in Queens Park, New Westminster, BC, 1989
  • Surrey Arts Centre - Surrey, BC, 1985
  • Fort Langley Museum & Exhibition Centre - Langley, BC, 1984

Arts Festivals

 
• Filberg Festival, Comox, BC, 2011-13, 2015-16
  • Art in the Untamed Garden, Abbotsford, BC, 2014
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Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC, 2014
  • Art & Blooms, Comox, BC, 2012
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Arts at Darts, South Surrey, BC, 2011, 2013-14
  • Langley Art Studio Tour (co-founder), Langley, BC, 2009-14
  • Arts Alive, Langley, BC, 1993, 1994, 2006-14
  • Art in the Park, Maple Ridge, BC, 2007-10
  • Arnold Mikelson Festival of the Arts, White Rock, BC, 1987-96, 2006-10
  • Surrey Arts Council Art Walk - Cloverdale, BC, 2007

Group & Private Exhibitions

 
• Third Annual Festival Active Pass Regional Exhibition, Mayne Island, BC - 2017
  • Drawing on Life, Pop-Up Town Community Art Space, White Rock, BC - 2017
  
• Fort Langley Artist's Group, Flagstop Gallery, Fort Langley, BC, 2008-2011
  • "Artist's Best Friend" & "Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun", Canine Art Guild - 2007
  • "Across the River", New Creations Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC - 2010
  • Artist's Open House, Langley, BC, 2006-2008, 2013-14

recent awards

2017
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Third Place, 2017 Postcard Competition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
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Award of Excellence - Just Water, Newton Arts Centre, Surrey, BC
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Award of Excellence - Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Semiahmoo Arts, Surrey, BC

2016
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First Place - Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC

 
2014
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First Place - Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), The ACT, Maple Ridge, BC
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Envision Financial Master Artist's Award - Oil & Water, South Delta Artist's Guild, Tsawwassen, BC
   • Honourable Mention - Arts 2014, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
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Award of Excellence - Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BC

 2012
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Second Place - Autumn Salon, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
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First Place - Coloured Pencil Society of Canada National Exhibition, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
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Third Place - Arts 2012, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
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Best of Show - Just Birds, Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC

2011
  • First Place - Arts 2011, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  • Juror's Choice - Hooves, Plows & Planting Fields, Langley Centennial Museum, Langley, BC
  • Award of Excellence - artSpacific, Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC

2010 & prior
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Honourable Mention - Arts 2010, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  • Honourable Mention - artSpacific (2010), Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC
  • Honourable Mention - Arts 2009, Surrey Art Gallery, BC

 

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education

University of the Fraser Valley
Fine Arts diploma - 1981

Douglas College
Computer Graphics certificate - 1989
 

Recent Professional Workshops & Seminars

• Advanced silk painting, Maiwa Silk Symposium - 2008
• Master Artists Seminar with Robert Bateman - 2010

• Colour Theory with Michele Whipplinger - 2012

• Mixed Media with Dawn Emerson - 2014

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publications

Beef in BC Magazine
Art Story: Deborah Strong, November/December 2015

 

CP Treasures - Volume 2

Published by Anne Kullberg, December 2013

 

Artists of British Columbia - Volume 3

Published by Leighdon Studio Gallery, December 2011

 

BC Veterinarian magazine
Cover photo & editorial feature, Summer 2010


Equestrian magazine (US Equestrian Federation)
Commissioning an Original Piece of Art of Your Horse,
May 2009

 

The Langley Times

Local artists take top spots in National Competition, July 2012
"Going Inside the Artist's Den", August 31, 2007

 

The Langley Advance
"Feline Offers Painter Endless Inspiration", February 2008

"Strong At Art", September 7, 2007
 

The Peace Arch News
"Critters on Canvas", September 2007

 

Sidelines magazine

Salute to Equestrian Artists, October 2005, 2009

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current memberships

Federation of Canadian Artists
(Associate Signature member - AFCA)
www.artists.ca

 

Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Fraser Valley Chapter)
www.fraservalleyartists.com

 

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past memberships

 

Silk Painters International (SPIN)

www.silkpainters.org

 

The Drawing Society of Canada

www.drawingsociety.com

 

Fort Langley Artists Group
www.fortlangleyartistsgroup.com

 

Canine Art Guild

www.canineartguild.com

 

Equine Art Guild

www.equineartguild.com

 

Craft Council of British Columbia
www.craftcouncilbc.ca

 

Coloured Pencil Society of America

www.cpsa.org


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art donations

• Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS)- 2008-15
• Critter Care Wildlife Society - 2007, 2013-14
• BC Guide Dogs - 2010
• Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue - 2008
• Beagle Paws Rescue - 2008
• Canadian Animal Rescue & Extended Shelter - 2007
• Senior Animals In Need Today Society - 2007
• Cocker Spaniel Rescue Association of BC - 2006
• Surrey SPCA - 2005-2009
• German Shepherd Rescue Association of BC - 2005
• Community Justice Initiatives - 2003, 2005, 2008-09