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Destanne was awarded a BFA (Honours) Degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Victoria in British Columbia in 1987 and a Master of Fine Art Degree by Research at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia in 2009.
Primarily, a landscape-based oil painter, Destanne’s professional art career was established while she lived and painted in the Rocky Mountains in Jasper, Alberta. Primarily an oil painter of landscapes, her practice and work was based upon her direct experiences in nature while on adventures into wilderness and natural environment areas. She was inspired by and very fortunate to have met, and taken a workshop by Doris McCarthy, one of Canada’s highly regarded landscape painters, as well as David Alexander.
As Destanne’s career progressed she partook in workshops and artist-in-residence programs; she became
a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists; she was represented by three galleries in British Columbia,
Alberta and Saskatchewan.
However, Destanne’s love of a challenge and the journey led her to leave the Rocky Mountains in 2003 to pursue post-graduate research at the University of Tasmania in Australia. One of the four strengths of the University is Wilderness and Natural Environment Studies, where a strong link and concentration exists in the University of Tasmania School of Art. Painted Pools: A Lens into Subjectivity is the title of her research MFA thesis that is an investigation into water as a metaphor for life.
While her sojourn overseas to pursue post-graduate studies was invaluable, it was the call of ‘home’ that brought Destanne back to live in the Okanagan in 2006.
Landscape and place, metaphor and symbol, embodiment and Romanticism are her research interests. An overarching theme in her landscape painting is the mirroring of ‘inscape and landscape’.
Destanne’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and nationally in Public, University, Artist-Run and Commercial Galleries. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in both public and commercial galleries, in addition to various special projects; and her paintings have been purchased by many international private collectors and found in corporate and public collections: the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Penticton Art Gallery, Jasper National Park, the Consulate General Japan, Fining Canada to name a few.
She is represented by Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mountain, BC and Mountain Galleries at The Fairmount in Whistler, BC and Jasper/Banff, AB.
2009 MFA Degree, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia
Thesis: painted pools: a lens into subjectivity1987 BFA (Honours) Degree, (Painting and Drawing), University of Victoria, BC
Solo Painting Exhibitions
2018 Stellar: Grounded in the Dark Night Sky, Jasper Yellowhead Museum &
Archives, Jasper, AB
2017 Stellar, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
2011 Selected Works from the Embodied Pool Series, Kalamalka Vertigo,
Okanagan College Kalamalka Campus, Vernon, BC
2008 Selected Paintings and Projected Images – painted pools: a lens
into subjectivity, fina Gallery, University of British Columbia
Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
2005 painted pools: a lens into subjectivity, MFA Graduation
Exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australia
2004 The Feeling of What Happens, Entrepot Gallery, Hobart, Australia
2002 Recent Paintings, The Gallery at JPL, Jasper, AB
2001 The Rockies Larger than Life, The Gallery at JPL, Jasper, AB
2000 New Landscape Paintings, The Gallery at JPL, Jasper, AB
2000 Alberta Passages, Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1996 Leah’s Gift, Sunrise Gallery, Jasper, AB
Two – Four Artist Painting Exhibitions2018 Running with The Ball: Jane Everett, Destanne Norris, Reg Kienast & Amber
Powell, The Drawers - Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC
2014 Sotto Voce: Wanda Lock & Destanne Norris, Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC
2011 Ebb & Flow ~ Equilibrium: Brent Bukowski, Judy DesBrisay & Destanne
Norris, Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, BC
Selected Group Painting Exhibitions2018-2019 CORrE, The Drawers - Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC
2007-2019 Summer & Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2016 Expressions of Death: Personal Journeys, Alternator Centre for
Contemporary Art, Kelowna, BC
2010 Autumn Art Expo, VISAC Art Gallery, Trail, BC
2009 ROW: Reflections on water, Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art
and History, Nelson, BC
2004 Propinquity and Distance, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Australia
2002 Converging Landscapes, Leighton Foundation, Calgary, AB
2000 In the Artist’s Eye: Mount Alberta, Jasper Museum, Jasper, AB
2001-2003 Blooming Prairie, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition
Juried Exhibition from the Alberta Society of Artists
Produced by the Edmonton Art Gallery
Paintings in Collections
Acrobat Results Marketing Inc.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Allan Brooks Nature Centre
Bennett Jones LLP
Caetani Cultural Centre
Canadian Farm Credit Corporation
Consulate General, Japan
Fairmont Banff Springs
Parks Canada, Jasper National Park
Penticton Art Gallery
Sherritt Greene LLP
Private Collections in Canada, USA, Asia, Australia, Europe
Selected Citings in Publications·
‘CORrE’ (curatorial statement in exhibition catalogue), Julie Oakes,
The Drawers - Headbones Gallery, 2018
- ‘Stellar: Grounded in the Dark Night Sky’, (exhibition catalogue), Mountain Galleries and Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives, 2018
- ‘Running with the Ball’, (curatorial statement in exhibition catalogue), Julie Oakes,
- ‘Stellar’, (curatorial statement in catalogue), Lubos Culen, Vernon Public Art Gallery, 2017
- ‘Grounded in the Dark Night Sky’ (Stellar catalogue essay), Katie Brennan, Vernon Public Art Gallery, 2017
- 'Narrative paintings of the vast cosmos', Parker Crook, Vernon Morning Star, 28/07/17
- 'Painter seeks answers in space', Emily Corrie, Okanagan Advertiser, 03/08/17
- ‘INSIDE to OUTSIDE: art as an act of claiming’ (catalogue essay), Katie Brennan, Curator, Sotto Voce The Lake Country Art Gallery, 2014
- ‘Row: Reflections on water’ (curatorial statement), Deborah Thompson, Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, 2009
- Visual artist’s exhibition features six-foot square pieces’, Christine
- ‘Artist takes a dive in her painted pool: Life continues to flow for Norris’, Kristin Froneman, The Morning Star, 31/01/07
- ‘Propinquity and Distance: Self-portraiture in Contemporary Painting Practice’ (catalogue essay), Mary Pridmore, Carnegie Gallery, 2004
- ‘Propinquity and Distance’, Joerg Andersch, The Saturday Mercury, 27/11/04
- ‘Artists dominate and dazzle’, John Briggs, The Saturday Mercury, 20/05/04
- ‘The feeling of what happens’, Joerg Andersch, The Saturday Mercury, 28/08/04
- ‘Leah’s gift a tribute’, Heather Berezowski, The Jasper Booster, 06/12/96