Debbie Tougas is an emerging Artist with a passion for painting. Her use of texture through the exploration of various acrylic mediums such as crackle, molding paste and glaze make her a natural at abstraction. She finds inspiration from nature and in fact often has rocks collaged into her paintings. The unique quality to Debbie's work is felt through the creative use of Faux techniques with her ultimate goal being expression in a contemporary and abstract form.
Debbie lives in Penticton, B.C. and has a studio and workshop on her acreage property on the Westbench. She has recently retired from her Marketing Manager position of 19 years to dedicate her full attention to painting and building of her furniture and decorative painting business.
While her background includes working in marketing, display and retail management her career path began when she graduated from Penticton Secondary School with an Art Scholarship. She then completed her Fine Art Diploma from OUC in Kelowna, this lead to her graphic design program at Emily Carr College of Art in Vancouver.
Debbie completed her education with an Art and Merchandising Diploma from Langara College in Vancouver. Debbie has been inspired by AFCA Artist Bonny Roberts of the South Okanagan. Debbie's interest in Faux and decorative painting has developed through her training at the Kelly King Faux Finish Institute in Lynwood Washington and the Sheri Zeman Faux Design studio in Chicago Illinois.
Most recently was accepted into the 70th Anniversary FCA show at Federation Gallery in Vancouver. She has displayed her paintings at the Shatford Center in Penticton. Her work is also displayed at Attitudes Salon at 467 Main Street in Penticon. Debbie's art work and decorative furniture can be found in private collections in the lower mainland and in the Okanagan Valley.debbietougas.com/