Thank you Jack!

 Deb Chaney in her home studio in Coquitlam, BC working on a mixed media painting on paper

Deb Chaney in her home studio in Coquitlam, BC working on a mixed media painting on paper

Big Thank you to Jack Lew!

Thank you Jack for coming to the studio last weekend and taking several hundred photographs of me working in process on various layers of my mixed media paintings. I'm really appreciative of your time and the beautiful photos that resulted. Thank you.

Seen in Above Photo: Part of my painting process involves taking away paint. Here you can see me using a pot scrubber to take paint away off this painting. I'm working on Arches 300 pound water colour paper which is tough and can handle the adding and subtracting of layers which can get quite rigorous at time! This painting in process is part of my Fragments of Life Series which can be seen here: 

Artwork for Rent with Community Art Vancouver


Thank you Vancouver Community Art for featuring me & my artwork on your site and for helping artist such as myself increase our income for our artworks via creating rental opportunities ! 

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting with Vancouver Community Art Founder, Gary Parker, who has a passion and a vision to help artists get their artwork out into the community and also support them to be re-numerated for their work via rental income for displaying their artwork. It's about time! Gary, Thank you, artists need more win-win opportunities like this!!!

So often in the past artists put their artwork up in coffee shops, don't make any sales, and receive nothing for sharing their beautiful work, while the store owners benefit from free decor. In our conversation togehter, Gary told me how he started Community Art to create win-win scenarios for artists where they can show their artwork and receive compensation even if the artwork does not sell. 

I have chosen to submit several Fragments of Life Series of paintings to have available for rent with them, you can see the full selection here: 

Thank you Community Art for featuring me on your site and for helping artists such as myself increase our income and make a living doing what we love!

(Gary, next time we'll get a picture of us together!!! :0)

Featured above: Fragments of Life #23  - 23" x 30" Mixed Media on Panel. (c) Deb Chaney This original artwork by Deb Chaney  is now available to rent through Vancouver Community Art!

HFA Newsletter Feature: Artist of The Month

Big thank you to HFA Fine Art Services for their mention of me as feature artist in their recent newsletter.

If you didn't get their newsletter, here's what you missed:

We had the pleasure of meeting  Deb Chaney, the latest addition to the HFA Artist Program, at the Interior Design Institute of British Columbia’s “Gatsby Goes Rogue Gala.”  Hosted at Rogue Wetbar, the IDIBC invited their sponsors to mix and mingle dressed in their finest roaring twenties threads. Deb introduced herself; a contemporary artist who merges spirituality with physicality. It took little time to see why Vancouver City Buzz and Culture Trip had named Deb as one of the top 10 Contemporary Artists to watch.

Deb’s work begins with a blank canvas, a palette knife, heavy body acrylic paint and the compelling need to create. Her work is multi-layered and textured, using a variety of mediums from embedding collage, sand and polymer, to gestural markings in pencil, conté, pastels, stamping and even spray paint. Her soul is on full display as she channels the challenges of daily living: feelings of beauty and pain, freedom and frustration, growth and stagnation. We thoroughly enjoyed combing through Deb’s catalogue of work and we are sure you will too.

Without further ado, we present to you...


 8" x 10" Mixed Media on 300 pound Paper. Full Moon Frog Pond Series --  See more paintings in this series click here .

8" x 10" Mixed Media on 300 pound Paper. Full Moon Frog Pond Series -- See more paintings in this series click here.

 'Integration' 48" x 48" x 1.5" Mixed Media on Canvas.  Pure Abstraction Series . Original Available Prints Contact:

'Integration' 48" x 48" x 1.5" Mixed Media on Canvas. Pure Abstraction Series. Original Available Prints Contact:

 'So Crucify Me' Little Gems Series 9" x 12" Acrylics on Loos Canvas. See more in this series click here:  Little Gems .

'So Crucify Me' Little Gems Series 9" x 12" Acrylics on Loos Canvas. See more in this series click here: Little Gems.

 'Freedom' 60" x 40" x 1.5" Mixed Media, Acrylics, Collage on Canvas. Original Available for Sale or Rent. Prints contact:

'Freedom' 60" x 40" x 1.5" Mixed Media, Acrylics, Collage on Canvas. Original Available for Sale or Rent. Prints contact:


For prints, reproductions of Deb Chaney's artwork contact:

HFA Custom Art Services.
1497 Adanac Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 2C4





'I Need To Let Go And Go Deeper Into The Wild Unknowns Of Abstraction' diptych ii of ii



'I Need To Let Go And Go Deeper Into The Wild Unknowns Of Abstraction'  ii of ii (diptych) 23" x 30" Mixed Media on 300 pound paper. Original and Prints Available.

I've had my daughter helping me these past few weeks uploading artworks up to my Saatchi Online Gallery Account. This series Raw Expression in particular, she uploaded all the paintings that are there so far... there are a few more from these series coming. Then one night she sent me an email with the subject line "Surprise!". This beautiful installation image above was the contents of the surpirse email. She found a program online using her iPad in which to place my artworks in rooms! What a wonderful gift!

its a dyptic, one of two, and you can see the other partner painting here:

Here is a close up of the painting:


Just Sold. 'The Signature of All Things'

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Just Sold. The Signature of All Things. 23" x 30" Mixed Media on Paper.

I created this mixed media painting after reading Elizabeth Gilbert's AWESOME novel 'The Signature of All things' . I think its because I am always so so sad when I end a good book. Even with a happy ending I tend to cry. So this was my way of continuing the book - by making it into a painting.

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Demonstration at Art Focus Artist's Association

This past week I came and gave a two hour mixed media abstract painting demonstration with Art Focus Coquitlam Artist Association.

 Deb Chaney sharing mixed Media Techniques with Art Focus Group Port Coquitlam Feb 2018

Deb Chaney sharing mixed Media Techniques with Art Focus Group Port Coquitlam Feb 2018

There were a number of people who helped make this super fun event possible. I want to give a big warm thank you to Helen Ramsay for setting up the connection to this wonderful community oriented group of artists; Art Focus Port Coquitlam. Thank you Helen.

Thank you Christine Malone for organizing having me speak and present the demonstration.

Thank you Marylin for sharing with me about the past 25 years of this group and all the amazing activities and endeavors you all do!

Thank you Debbie, Sandi, and Sherry and all the other participants that made coming to your group feel warm and fun! (Sandi, I am totally remembering your name now !!!).

Big huge thank you for my friend Teya who came to support me and took all the photographs in this blog, I am so grateful for your support Teya, thank YOU!.



For the demonstration I showed mixed media techniques in layers. Each attendant received a handout with the main take-aways from my lessons.

 Close up of Demo piece

Close up of Demo piece

We also talked about cool things you can make with art that doesn't work out. As well as fun conversations that got personal, passionate, and that I hope will stay in the room where they were held!

 Demo piece with layers of acrylics, glitter, gel medium, gelatos and collage!

Demo piece with layers of acrylics, glitter, gel medium, gelatos and collage!

I honestly had so much fun and felt so well received and appreciated, thank you Art Focus Port Coquitlam!

 Check out the mirror - super cool - so you can see the little paintings I was working on.

Check out the mirror - super cool - so you can see the little paintings I was working on.

Stolen Artwork: Patchwork Paper Vii


In 2009, I created this series of collage paintings called 'Patchwork Paper'. This painting shown above is Patchwork Paper viii.

Each painting in this series of seven was created using 23" x 30"  300 pound coldpress Arches watercolor paper and made by cutting and tearing up pieces of stained papers (tissue paper, rice papers, other decorative papers) which I had decorated using home-made stamps, and stained using inks and watered down acrylics. 

They took hours to create and were my therapy during a difficult time of transition in my life. I had the series of seven paintings photographed, and then all but two of them disappeared. 

In my entire career I have created a lot of artwork and meticulously had the work documented, as I did for this series (So Grateful!), however, I never saw these paintings again in 2009 and wonder what happened to them.

Were they stolen? I hope wherever they are they are safe and being enjoyed. If you have the paintings and you are reading this, keep in mind they need to be framed behind glass to preserve the paper! Or, better yet, please do the right thing return them.

If you LOVE this beautiful paintings as I do, you are in luck as they are ALL available on Saatchi Online Gallery for prints: .

Goodbye Wordpress Blog Hello Patreon


Dear Blog followers and Readers, Thank you for the past several years of reading, commenting, and supportively following my journey here on Wordpress blog: DebChaneyArtist. This letter is my official goodbye to this platform.

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The three most significant take-aways I got from reading ‘The Universe Has Your Back’


Over Christmas my girlfriend Melanie got herself a copy of ‘The Universe Has Your Back’ by Gabrielle Bernstein.

I got SO excited when I heard the title - I felt like I HAD to read it!

In the new year, when I was over at Mel’s place visiting and asked her If I could please borrow her copy. She was reluctant to part with it. I could see all the underlines and highlights and I could tell that she wasn’t ready to let it go. I was thinking that this book must be that good… Now I was willing to go to extra lengths to get a hold of it!

I had already checked my local library but the book was so new it hadn’t been acquired yet. So I went online that night and ordered myself a copy.

A month or so later, I finished reading this book and now I’m inspired to share with you the three most significant take-aways I got from within its pages.

(The other motivation I have in writing this, is to refer back to it myself when I want to remember some key points from the book, without having to re-read the whole thing!)

First, and my most favourite take-aways from this book, are the little powerful prayers that Gabrielle says to the Universe and gives to us in an effort to support us in living a life guided and inspired from love instead of fear.

“Thank you, Universe for transforming this current limitation, doubt, and fear into creative possibilities.”

“Thank you, Universe for helping me see beyond my limitations. Thank you for expanding my perceptions so I can attract


.” (X = whatever you are currently desiring)

“ Thank you, Universe for helping me see this obstacle as an opportunity. I will step back and let you lead the way.”

(I just LOVE this one. If you follow me on


you’ll know that yesterday’s video blog was all about an obstacle/opportunity that I experienced with some studio visitors whose favourite word seemed to be ‘NO’ when looking through my art inventory and some techniques I use to handle rejection.)

“Universe, thank you for helping me find joy in this situation.”

“Universe, let me see this person for the first time.”

“I recognize I have chosen this thought wrongly, I forgive this thought, and I choose again. I choose thoughts based in love.”

“I recognize I have chosen fear, and I choose again. I choose love. “

“ Today I surrender my goals and plans to the care of the Universe. I offer up my agenda and accept spiritual guidance. I trust that there is a plan far greater than mine. I know that where there once was lack and limitation there are spiritual solutions and creative ideas. I step back and let love lead the way. Thy will be done.”

(this one is one of my top favs.)

These prayers are a beautiful way to getting back on track when we loose our connection to Source and forget how loved and supported we truly are.

Secondly, Ms. Bernstein asks us some wonderful and powerful questions in this book.

I love great questions because they can truly shape our perception and our created reality. There is an entire chapter in

Awaken the Giant Within

by Tony Robbins about how this works and the power of asking ourselves good questions.

How will I face fear with a miracle mindset?

Will I learn through fear or love?

What if I chose for this to be fun?

How can I truly enjoy my work and be of service to my customers?

What would your life be like if you knew you were always being guided?

And, thirdly, I found some deep wisdom in

The Universe Has Your Back

that really inspired me in living my life from a place of strength and trust:

“My true power is in the love and peace within me.”

“Trust would settle every problem, now.”

“The key to living in peace is surrender.”

“Freedom from fear is true healing.”

“ Our happiness is a direct reflection of how quickly we can restore our fear back to love.

“Notice how you are controlling your experiences and misaligning with the flow of the Universe.”

(This one really spoke to me today! I was having a Surrender Day today in which I had set bunch of guidelines - aka controls - for myself that listed as no tv, no computer, no phone, no “work” for the day; in an aim to meditate, feel, and be with myself.

I gave myself the one exception from these “guidelines”, however, of reading.

As my day evolved, it turns out I finished this book, excitement came over me, and I


to write this blog! ! !

Actually, I’d gone to such an extent to create this Surrender Day a certain way, that I had asked my husband to hide my computer! So, when my daughter came home from school, we went around the house hunting for my computer so I could write this blog!

That being all said, I’m feeling a ton of joy in writing and sharing this all with you, so I’m surrendering and trusting that this is all on purpose! )

“Instead of obsessing over a certain outcome, focus on how you would like to feel.”

(Well, going back to the above Surrender Day, if I were to consider this piece of wisdom, I would know that I wanted to feel at peace, grounded, fulfilled, trusting, thriving, happy, restful and content. I could choose to feel and create these feelings this regardless if what I did or didn’t do.)

“Remember, there’s no thing wrong with dreams, visions, and desires as long as you’re willing to surrender them.”

(Point taken Gaby, thank you. :-))

I can now see why my friend Mel wanted to keep her book close to her! We all need to feel that the universe has our back and that we are loved and supported. I am grateful for the prayers, questions, and wisdom imparted. I am grateful for my friend Mel for telling me about this book. And I thank Gabrielle Bernstein for listening to her guidance and writing this book. #gratitude

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Have you discovered the Power of Surrender?

Every week, for years now, I do one of the most difficult - yet fruitful  - tasks for my business. That is, I stop doing for one day. I stop  checking email, I stop painting and creating, I don’t attend any  meetings or give any talks, I don’t blog or post on social media,  sometimes I don’t even cook.I stop everything and take a whole day to rest, nurture myself, meditate  and unplug from anything digital, doing tasks, or work related. I often start this surrender experience by really checking in with  myself and asking what I need to feel good. ‘Hey Deb, what do you need  to feel good today?’ Please don’t think by any means this is easy. It's challenging to stop  doing. It goes against everything I grew up hearing on how to be. Fear  tells me I’ve got to do-do-do if I want to see results. Society tells me  I’ve got to “work hard” to make my dreams happen. The little mean  voices in my head tell me I’m lazy. And then, to top it off, I’ll often  have feelings come up that I’ve put aside and they can sometimes be  mighty uncomfortable. As much as I plan these ‘self-care’ days to be fun and blissful, sometimes they are spent on the sofa with a box of kleenex. “Okay, so she stops and rests and does nothing once a week. So what? Why should I care?” Good point. Here’s the part where I share with you why taking some time to Surrender  on a regular basis has been an extremely powerful ritual for me and my  business. Maybe it can support you manifesting your dreams too. That is, almost without fail, every time I take one of these days,  something super cool and magical happens afterwards that was not a  direct result of me doing something. It just lands in my lap. A few weeks ago, after my surrender day, Expedia approached me to come  and facilitate a corporate group to set goals and paint. Way cool! (I  would not even know who to contact in the company if I had thought to  approach them). Last week, after posting a blog on how I stay positive when my art is  not selling, which helps me surrender, someone emailed me and asked to  purchase the painting I had posted earlier that week on social media! Today, I took a day off with a box of kleenex - it was one of those days  - to find a text message from a group inviting me to come and share my  art process. Super cool. There is something magically powerful about stopping and surrendering  that can not only feel wonderful once us westerners come to terms with  doing nothing, but can also yield results and invite in opportunities  that, I believe, may not have arrived if we were out there doing the  same old thing. This week, I invite you to stop, surrender, and keep a look out for the magic. To your greatest masterpiece: your life,

with love, Deb

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New artwork 'Sleepy Hollow'


All this rain lately makes me want to crawl back in bed and inspired the name for this new piece; 'Sleepy Hollow' 11" x 15" mixed media on 300 pound paper (c) Deb Chaney 2017 original available date of post $270 or text (604)736-5111.  Original out of your price range? I'll have prints & giclee's available shortly at