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Debbie Dunbar plein air
Debbie Dunbar

I graduated from University with a Hons Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1983 and have worked in the Arts in one way or another ever since. But I have been  a full time painter for many years. I exhibit nationally and have work in collections all over the World including HRH Prince of Wales. I am a Friend member of the ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters) and a Full Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists.

I am fascinated by many things, and don’t limit myself to a single theme, though much of my work is still life and portraiture. I work in the studio, from life and ‘en plein air’ But all my works are linked by a pursuit of light and how it affects us visually and emotionally.


Without light there is nothing. Trying to represent light with only colour, I paint brief moments in time. Often things which are all around us but we often stop noticing in our busy world.  For me paintings are ultimately about how I respond to light, and how I would be able to represent that in paint. The things I appreciate, the feelings I have. I have to trust that someone will look at the work and connect with it, and say ‘Yes! I understand this, I feel this’. Or ‘I see the beauty in this’. It’s about getting those pictures in my head out and onto the canvas with the co-operation of the hand in between. Often I fail, it’s like a thought you cannot quite get hold of. My inspiration is from the play of light through my work. Painting is a method of expressing light, and it gives subtle form and narrative to the work.

‘I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart’ Vincent Van Gogh

“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.” ~ Amadeo Modigliani

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward Hopper


For enquiries and portrait commissions, please get in touch via the contact form on my website:  

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