Fine Art Jewelry, Bird House Art, Acrylics and Watercolours
by Debra Usher

image Debra Usher and Maggie

An Alberta native, now transplanted in Ontario - Debra infuses her fine art painting and folk art with a unique Western perspective and sense of adventure and charm. Her Fine Art Jewelry lines offer the beauty and magic of semi-precious gemstones combined with a unique artistic eye for unique combinations of colour, texture and shape.

Debra graduated with her BSc from the University of Calgary and in between raising her son, many dogs, and developing several successful management consulting businesses, she pursued her passion for fine art with studies with Stephen Quiller in Creed, Colorado; Marion Thompson in Banff, Alberta; Zoltan Zabo in San Diego, California; and Michael Atkinson in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

She has been prolific in exhibiting and selling works in oils, watercolours and acrylics to clients in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Alberta and Ontario, as well as internationally, including Japan. She has developed a number of corporate clients as part of an art consulting and leasing business with clients in Alberta and Washington State.

Having never forgotten the cherished moments at her grandfather's woodworking shop in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Debra has also developed her woodworking skills and pursued applications of her painting talents to various mediums of wood, including furniture and garden accessories.

In recognition of her artistic talents and ability to inspire and motivate others to expand their vision, she was asked to teach Special Applied Watercolour Techniques at the Alberta Art College, as well as painting with Wood at SAIT. She has developed and taught several workshops on: Unusual Waterclour Techniques; Applying Acrylic to Wood; Furniture as Art; and Learning Fine Folk Art.

The Bird House Art line of creations reflects an exquisite refinement of all of Debra's talents to this unique art form. At their heart, they are designed to inspire laughter and encourage a different perspective of our everyday world.

Debra is also President & Editor in Chief of ARABELLA magazine - the Premier Canadian Consumer Art Magazine available by subscription or one of the many Chapters & Indigo and Barnes & Noble bookstorees across North America.

(Pictured above - Deb with one of her key inspirations, Maggie - our Artistic Muse and Team Director) Life's Nothing Without a Dog!

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