Debra Van Tuinen
Intuitive perception of colors and her surrounding environment are the key sources of inspiration for Debra Van Tuinen. As expression, she translates the landscape around her into vibrant impressions of colour, texture and memory. The process she uses is both ancient and innovative. Even though she has worked in a variety of mediums, the ancient technique wax encaustic has become animportant part of her work Van Tuinen has always been close to the aesthetic perception of life. She studied arts at the Byam Shaw Arts Academy in London. Her worldwide experiences gave her the opportunity to work with internationally known artists such as the glass artist Dale Chihuly. With him, she had the chance to work on a collaborative effort with the Seattle Opera. Other than that, Van Tuinen's constant seek for inspiration has drawn her to eastern Washington, Idaho, Banff Alberta, British Columbia & the Oregon and California coasts, Monet's gardens at Giverny, and the islands of Fiji.
"The work evokes a tone ranging from Whistler of Rothko, and it acts to invite our contemplation and meditation." John Spike, Critic and Director of the Florence Biennale."