Debra Lynn Ireland lives with her family in Beaver Lake, a small community outside of Sudbury, and enjoys life on Manitoulin Island at her camp. Throughout her life Debra has always had a strong respect for wildlife and a curiousity about art, so putting these two loves together was very natural. Debra grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, studied Graphic Design at George Brown College and in her spare time volunteered at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Department in Toronto. Now with 30 years of experience as a professional wildlife artist, she has been able to enjoy many aspects of this career.
Debra's art has been awarded and recognized by numerous organizations, including Ducks Unlimited Canada, Endangered Species Fund of Canada and Japan Wildlife Center. She is also the illustrator of two children's books, Five Forest Friends and Five Farm Friends.
"Working at a job which I love is very rewarding. As a child I walked the local creeks, looking for wildlife, using my first camera to capture those moments, and as early as I can remember started to draw and paint from those experiences. I found my passion early in my childhood years and I'm still able to enjoy it. My best work days are witnessing wildlife in action, capturing that moment, then recreating it with art in the studio. Loving what you do is never work."
Debra LYNN iRELAND
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