Debbie Salmon

Born in England, Deb grew up in the suburbs of Fabreville, Laval, Quebec, in a regular brick and wood house, along with 4 siblings, cats, dogs, birds, and guinea pigs. Her parents encouraged their children to do what we love. They said, “You may never be rich, but you’ll be happy.” Deb's love was always art.

In 1979, Deb packed her bags and moved to Vancouver. In 1980, Deb met the love of her life and later married (1983) her husband, Bob, during her last year of Art studies. Bob has always been supportive of Deb and her art.

1992 and presently, Deb and her family moved to beautiful Vancouver Island. Everyday she wants to pinch herself as she peers out her window in awe at the amazing views of Baynes Sound. It just doesn't get any better, not to mention all the endless environmental inspiration for her next art project.

Deb studied Fine Arts at the University of Concordia (Montreal) and later Graphics and Communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Richmond and Newton, BC). Also, she says she learned a lot on her own through trial and error.

She began her art career at a textile company in Burnaby, where she made logos and drew caricatures to be silkscreened on t-shirts, caps and jackets and sometimes sports bags. Three years later, Deb accepted a job as a Creative Ad Designer at one of the large newspaper chains in Vancouver, Black Press. In 1992, she continued her career as a Creative Ad Designer at the Comox Valley Record as well as continuing her love of art, painting on canvas. Deb started exhibiting her pieces in 2004. Since 2017, Deb has been living her dream as a full-time artist and feels the positive pull to be creative and share her knowledge with others. 

Her colour harmony and local scenery have always been popular with discerning collectors who admire her unique style. Her paintings hang in executive offices and select homes across Canada, Ireland and England.

Deb says, she views the world with a painter’s eye, finding paintings in all of her everyday experiences and travels. Her passion for rendering light and shadows, values and composition bring her so much joy, but it is the light that captures her attention every time.

If you are reading this, it's perhaps an indication of your interest in her work! She's honoured! Thank you!

Deb can be contacted by email