Deb Reny | About Me

I grew up in a house in which art was everything.  The daughter of an artist mother, I was dragged to every art gallery within a two hour driving range. In England, this meant the National Gallery and various Tates. Once we moved to the west coast of Canada it meant week-end after week-end of Emily Carr's dreary green trees.  Only recently can I view these trees with any degree of objectivity. 

An artist mother meant art lessons and art supplies for Christmas and birthdays.  Sadly, this always went unappreciated.  Great Uncle Vincent (whose work is still hanging in various galleries) was mom's hero, while her brothers who had sold their souls to the banking world devils were quietly pitied.  
When I went away to school after graduating high school, Mom told me that if I didn’t want to come home for Christmas and instead run away to Spain that that was okay (oh, but to have a Gauguin in the family!)  

Always a bit on the quiet side, as well as natural contrarian, I rebelled and followed the lead of my uncles (who seemed rather cheery given the sorry state of their souls). I earned a commerce degree (accounting), married, and obtained a mortgage.   I began taking photography when I realized that on family vacations I was looking forward more to photo opportunities than to relaxing on the beach.  I loved photography, but soon grew tired of just taking a pretty picture.  I wanted the photographs to mean something; I had opinions I needed to express.

I took college level courses in photography, which in time involved Photoshop.  I was quickly intrigued by the prolific array of options.  Almost immediately, I was creating images featuring my children.  I also experimented with more abstract works, which featured words and some sort of play of geometry along with my photographs.   As I thought about the work I was creating and what was important to me, my work evolved, to the point where I am now focusing exclusively on the abstractions.

I continue to enjoy photography.  It serves as inspiration, and an exploration of what it is means to see.