Debra Balloch FRAS
I grew up in Ryde tiptoeing around my mother’s easel, in a house where “draw something” was the most worn-out answer to that age-old question asked by every bored child. So art was unavoidable and led me to a career in textile design, self-employed for more than thirty years. My home now is on a gorgeous property on the Cudgegong River in Rylstone, a little village that drives and inspires me at every turn.
In 2011 my sister Vivienne McDonald and I decided to study oil painting. We started classes with Lifetime Fellow Joe Penn at the Royal Art Society and from that moment, we were never going to be the same. I couldn’t have imagined how passionate I would become about art. Now, just about everywhere I look, I wonder how I could make it a picture. In 2016 I was humbled to be elevated to Fellow.
I love the constant struggle between trying to convey both what I see and how I feel. I love that I will never know everything about art and I love letting the brush tell my story.
I’m a member of Lane Cove Art Society and painting group “The Inner Circle.