Art has always been a force that can transcend time and expectation. It weaves itself in and out of our lives and always shows up at the right time. This is especially true for 62-year-old multi-media artist, Deb Weiers. While working menial jobs for the majority of her life, she had always created on her own in many different mediums. It wasn’t until she was in her late forties that Deb chose to attend her local Visual Arts program at Red Deer college. Although her age surpassed her classmates’, she found her true passion in those years.
Even after her education there was a vast period in which she only practiced for herself and close friends and family. After taking an online class on portraiture, she started creating every day. Deb fell in love with the aspects of recreating human features and her brilliant portrait series manifested. By 2016, she began to sell her work and became a full-time artist.
“I find the human face just endlessly interesting.”-DW
Every day Deb wakes up to her tranquil farm in Alberta, Canada surrounded by her horses, dogs, and cats. She grows and preserves her own food during the harvest seasons and creates art from her kitchen table where natural light floods in. Primarily using acrylic, inks, watercolor, and collage she composes her commentaries on the world around her.
The mood of her subjects is often somber or melancholy set in opposition against backdrops of vibrant colors and playful scribbles. The words that she integrates into her pieces are keen observations that are personal, political, and intimate. All of these elements combined reveal her vision of the world. It is one of conviction and vulnerability. Deb portrays the suffering that is inherent to the human experience, but she is still able to purge the emotion and express it through her work to give something beautiful back into the world.
“I like to convey emotions, especially hardship or struggle because I think we all have it in our life and people can connect with it. I’m not one for pretty faces.”-DW
In 2018, she came out with her first book, The Many Faces of Deb. She describes it as a visual journey of her last seven years. She would like to do another book in the future, but for now she is busy selling work to private clients all over the world and enjoying her success as an artiste.
FB Deb Weiers
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
World Events Weigh Heavy 15in x 22in
The Cynics 18in x 20in
Can You See Me? 14in x 20in
Just Hangin’ Around 16in x 20in x 2in
Frida Love 8in x 10.5in
People of the Piranhas 12in x 18in
They Were a Motley Crew 15in x 20in
They Were Twins and They Hardly Ever Smiled 11in x 15in
A Heavy Heart 12in x 9.5in