Debra Barr-Smith

Debra’s paintings are about colour, about marks making up shapes and getting something to happen visually. She strives for the playful, the exuberant and the uplifting. Subject matter focuses on beauties in the natural world, fruit, vegetables, flowers, trees, skies, animals and the human form. Debra works in oils, acrylics, gouache, inks and monoprints. Debra’s favourite artist is Matisse. “Good colour sings, ” he said. It is melodious, aromatic, never overbaked.”

Debra exhibits annually during the Open Studios fortnight in June from her own Gallery at Dibgate Farm and with the Kent Painters Group in Sevenoaks in October. She exhibited many years with the Florum Group, and her paintings can be seen in the Sevenoaks Art Club annual exhibition “Brushworks” at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks.

Other past highlights include exhibiting with the prestigious Singer-Friedlander Show at The Mall Galleries, paintings at the The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London and the Royal Watercolour Society Gallery at Bankside. Debra also appeared on the popular television programme Watercolour Challenge. She was the featured artist in Kent Life, June 2015.

Debra also exhibits on a regular basis at the Visual Arts Centre Punta Gorda, Florida and at Becky’s Garden Shoppe Gallery in that same town. This year she won an award for her plein air painting “The Yellow House” painted during the annual plein air “paint out” in January.

Debra was also the featured artist in Kent Life, June 2015.