Carmel Debreuil is a Canadian Australian artist from New South Wales. She live in a small north coast village near Coffs with her family. She has had exhibitions in Australia, Canada and Japan and worked as a portrait artist in Paris, Amsterdam, Mexico and Byron Bay. She work in a variety of mediums including acrylic, water colour, pastel and pencil. When she's not painting, she teaches portrait classes to all ages. She is enthusiastic about creativity and self-expression.
Carmel’s work is strong and colorful. She works on shadow boxed ply which she creates from scratch. The wood itself is a feature of the creation as much as the paint and the subject itself. A knot might become the eye of a rooster or an entire owl and the swirls and patterns of the grain add texture to the fabric of the clothing.
“My work is very nostalgic and has a bit of a sense of humor. I see kids as these amazing creatures that are perfectly imperfect. Everyone seems to be in a rush to guide kids into adulthood and responsibility, but I’m happy if they want to hang out with a giant squirrel while wearing a Viking helmet and cowboy boots. I think it’s an amazing time and quite funny!” says Carmel.