Debbie Goldring’s “Passionate About Animals” exhibit now on display at Gibson Gallery

Debbie Goldring, an animal artist from Harrow, hangs one of her portraits at the Gibson Gallery last Wednesday morning. Her exhibit, “Passionate About Animals” opened last Thursday and runs through May 18, including a demonstration being held this Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

Debbie Goldring, an animal artist from Harrow, hangs one of her portraits at the Gibson Gallery last Wednesday morning. Her exhibit, “Passionate About Animals” opened last Thursday and runs through May 18, including a demonstration being held this Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

 

By Ron Giofu

 

When she was 11-years-old, Debbie Goldring started riding horses.

She also started drawing them and the latter skill has transformed over the years into a career.

Goldring, who lives in Harrow with her husband Dan, has her “Passionate About Animals” exhibit at the Gibson Gallery through May 18. While horses are one of the featured animals, her career has grown to where it includes dogs, cats and other animals.

“It’s the story of a young girl who liked to draw horses,” said Goldring, with a laugh.

There are 37 drawings framed and hung around the Richmond St. gallery. Goldring describes herself as “an animal artist and I work in soft pastels.”

Goldring, in her 26th year as a professional artist, sees the bulk of her work come through commissioned pieces but has done shows such as Art by the River, the Harrow Fair and the Woof-a-Roo Pet Festival. She also plans on working with the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association (WETRA) in McGregor this year as well as Explore the Shore.

Explaining that she and her husband are still relatively new to the area after living for 27 years in Milton, she joined the Gibson Gallery when they moved to Essex County two years ago.

“I think we applied right away to have this show,” she said. “We booked this show for 2014. I find this area extremely artsy.”

Goldring explained that she takes photos of her subjects from various angles first before drawing them. She is willing to give tips on animal photography as well as drawing when she holds a workshop at the Gibson Gallery May 4 from 1-3 p.m. She will be drawing as well as critiquing drawings brought in by others.

Her work has not gone unnoticed by others, as Goldring was commissioned by the Ontario Equestrian Federation to do portraits of the 2008 Olympic silver medal winning Canadian jumping team. Her portrait of the famed Northern Dancer hangs in the Canadian Horseracing Hall of Fame at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto.

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and can be found online at www.gibsonartgallery.com or by calling 519-736-2826.

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