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Daina Deblette | Canadian Artist

Having grown up living on the shores of the Kapuskasing River as it moved powerfully into James Bay, my connection to the land and the water is primary in my being. I’m a figurative artist who paints experiences in our lives, capturing those magical moments where we are immersed in our passion for attuning with nature.  

Each of my chosen mediums (primarily oil) have allowed me to fully express my experiences with each subject; they’ve continued to challenge me, allowing me to grow beyond my boundaries, nourishing my heartspace with possibilities and joy.


My original training at NSCAD University in 1994 was in photography and figure drawing, which I now use as tools and references to paint from. A life-changing moment led me to teach myself to paint in early 2003 from a little William Foster book; I was instantly hooked! I had my first solo show later that year.  


I’ve been teaching art to children and adults since 2006, beginning at a P-8 private school in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and expanding throughout my travels around the world. To date I've successfully taught over 1000 student! Following my passion to spread the joy of creativity, I relocated Ocean Art Studio from Nova Scotia to Salt Spring Island in 2016, an ocean-inspired fine art gallery and teaching studio where I hold workshops and art camps in all media.


The studio is currently closed to walk-ins while I'm continuing my remote college studies and building a new coaching-counselling practice, which will be a nurturing addition to the studio by mid-2024. Appointments for private viewing and lessons are welcome! The studio is located at 19A-315 Upper Ganges Road in Merchants’ Mews above the Barber Shop.

Love, Daina



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