Debbie Salmon graduated from Kwantlen College with a diploma in Graphic & Communications, and has taken fine art lessons at the University of Concordia, Montreal, as well as privately. She began her art career at a textile company in Burnaby where she made logos and drew caricatures to be silkscreened on t-shirts, caps and jackets and sometimes sports bags. Three years later, Debbie accepted a job as a creative ad designer at one of the large newspaper chains in Vancouver. She enjoys the creative work and seeking new ideas to make ads look special but her true passion is to sketch and paint. Debbie also freelanced her skills by drawing illustrations which she sold to a high quality clothing company in Gastown to be silkscreened on their clothing. Her artistic talent became known at an early age; her mother still has the picture that Debbie's kindergarten teacher was most impressed with. Debbie Salmon has lived in the Comox Valley since 1992. She has painted in oils and acrylics for over twenty-five years and is diverse in both subject and media. She focuses her energy on what is most important to her – inner peace – through her paintings and in everyday life. Her subjects are carefully chosen: she looks for both a challenge and inspiration. She says she never stops learning, just as in life itself. "Art and life is a masterpiece".