Inspiration: in purpose, books and living


When I was 18 years old, my first spiritual mentor Leslie Robinson – a brilliant, enlightened, ahead of her time, powerhouse of a woman – asked me; “what is the purpose of your life Deb?”. I had no idea what she was talking about! Yesterday after receiving a text message from Leslie expressing how much I inspire her (Thank you !!!)  I’m now clear one thing for sure: I’m here to inspire! Looking back on The Little Inspiration Book, Ideas to Empower Women that I wrote twelve years ago, I’m excited to know where I’ve been and even more excited about what is around the corner. Stay tuned for more inspiration in many creative forms!

A private studio painting class in my new studio!

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Enjoyed a beautiful rainy day back in Kitsilano Vancouver last week teaching a private lesson in my studio to two sweet young folks who were visiting from Regina, Saskatchewan and San Jose, CA. Big thanks Tan & Abby who did great considering this was both their first time painting! Sooo much fun! They found me here: So grateful to do this!!!

68 Secrets of an Illuminated Artist boxed card pack now available!

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I’m so excited to share that I’ve just had a small print run of these beautiful 4″ x 4″ glossy colour 68 card pack; “The 68 Secrets of an Illuminated Artist: how to stay in your creative flow despite any obstacle”. If you’d like a card pack for yourself or as a gift for a creative friend, for a limited time I’m wiling to mail them your way. Cards are $35 US/CND per pack plus shipping which varies depending on where you live. Pls email me at with your first & last name and full mailing address and we can get you a box. Otherwise I’ll have them  available for sale at upcoming workshops, demonstration and public speaking events in the near future! OR you can purchase the entire pack as a pdf e-book … I am just in process of setting this up! I will make another post when this becomes available!   ENJOY!

Reverse Warrior Yoga Girl Cafe Press Items

RWYogaGirlGiftCard In my continued excitement of discovering that over the past year items such as  gift cards, cell phone cover, oval wall decal, and other gift worthy and nifty things with my art images have been selling steadily and consistently from my cafepress store – literally- all over the world (SO COOL!) I wanted to share with you the second most popular image that people are enjoying; that is the Reverse Warrior Yoga Girl. Again, when I see this brightly coloured and fun juicy background, I just want to go back to the studio and make more!!! You can see all the Yoga Girls on cafe press at:


Private Painting Classes now available in Vancouver Kitsilano Studio!


Hey I’m so happy to announce that after returning from the artist residency in Italy and searching and searching (and searching) for a studio here on the west side of Vancouver, I have found a beautiful little space in quiet green neighborhood to paint, play and share with you…

And, if you’d like to join me…. Here’s the scoop:

LEARN fundamentals in abstract painting, colour mixing, landscapes, layers & depth, modern distressed looks, collage, gels, textures, polymer mediums, resin pours, alkyd oil fantasy paints, glazing & more.

Each class includes all paints and materials, instruction, demonstration, handout, and hands-on in studio play time!

Where:     At my private working artist studio in Kitsilano, Vancouver.

Packages:    $ 150 one class, $ 350 three class pack, $750 six weekly classes. Classes are 1.5- 2hrs. Mention this Craigslist post and receive $50 off any package. First time students only. Do this with a friend and half your cost. 2 Students Max.

About your instructor:  Deb Chaney, SCA is an  award winning contemporary abstract artist & experienced teacher . See her full portfolio at

“What I would tell other people about this class is an opportunity to “play” in a safe supportive environment. Deb exhibited fantastic energy while teaching and a well thought out pace. There was time to reflect and learn, as well as work. Lots of opportunities to experiment. Deb is such a generous spirit.  Her desire to share her knowledge is simply a joy to be around.” Jillian Moore, Interior Decorator, West Van, BC