Debbra Nodwell Bender
Saugeen Shores has, perhaps, one of the most prolific artist communities in the Province. There are many artists who have worked at their craft for several years as a primary career and still others who have delved into the art world later in life, either for the first time or after a long absence.
One such artist, Debbra Nodwell-Bender of Southampton, began pursuing her painting after a prolonged absence.
Always involved in creative endeavours as a registered interior designer, sculptor and florist, it wasn’t until that past few years that she returned to painting.
As a partner in Designing Women Interior Design in Southampton, she explains that, "I have the opportunity on a daily basis to blend form, colour, texture and design. I consider myself a colourist and feel that we all have a profound need for colour, both physically and emotionally. Notice how in winter, with the overall absence of colour, people can feel emotionally different and, for some, even bereft."
As a member of the Shoreline Artists Tour held each summer, Nodwell-Bender is "... amazed at the people who support the art community by actually buying pieces that they see while on the tour. It's wonderful encouragement for local artists."
Nodwell-Bender's work was recently chosen for the front cover of the Southampton Art School & Gallery 2008 catalogue. "The piece depicts the Art School as the Heart of our Heritage," says Nodwell-Bender.
Within the composition there are various key aspects that have been part of Southampton's heritage, such as the world-famous sunsets, Chantry Island Lighthouse and, of course, the sand beach with its dunes that has been recognized as an environmental treasure. A fishing boat entering the harbour illustrates the strong First Nation ties to the community while the gulls following represent the area's strong marine heritage.
Nodwell-Bender continues to study with prominent artist instructors at the Southampton Art School and is a member of the Shoreline Artists and Central Ontario Art Association