“A Day in the Life” with Painter, Debbie.lee Miszaniec

From morning to night, it’s go go go. With a bullet journal and pen attached at the hip and a paintbrush in hand, she is ready to take on the world. With two grown children and one adoring husband, she is more than an artist. Debbie is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt etc. All these titles keep her busy, working hard to keep it all together, yet making it look easy.

Many of Debbie.lee’s works of art make you think, be it about current events, history, religion, or pointing out fallacies with social norms. There is always more to her paintings than meets the eye. When enjoying Debbie.lee’s art, take time to analyze what the meaning or reference might be. For example, In Debbie.lee’s Covid Chronicles, which received international media attention, expressed the fears, trials and tribulations related to the pandemic.

While she has a degree in fine art, Debbie.lee has been an artist since birth. Well, at least as long as I have known her. While in high school she gifted me a piece that I still cherish today.

Debbie.lee has shown at museums and galleries, as well as been awarded an individual project grant from Calgary Arts Development. It has been wonderful to see her career take off, knowing all the education and hard work she has put into it.

Written by Christina McMillin – sister

Debbie.lee Miszaniec
This is a book compilation of The Covid Chronicles, which I put together from my drawings of 2020, along with a sculpture, Yippity-kai which I made and gifted to my sister when we were in high school.
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Nothing closes out a late summer Saturday better than an ice cream shared with family at the local ice cream shop.
It can also be a great time (and place) to take reference photos for later inspiration.
By the end of the day, I am really looking forward to clearing my mind with some sunshine, nature and exercise in Fish Creek Provincial Park.
This is a painting from my current series: Set In Stone, 18”x24” O/C, 2022.
Then it’s time to make some magic happen on the canvas for the rest of the day.
Since my studio is in my home it’s a short commute to the office. I start by responding to emails, doing research and looking for interesting opportunities.
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
After breakfast, I take time to enjoy my coffee and plan my day
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Saturday morning: As a full-time artist I find the distinction between weekends and weekdays to be virtually irrelevant, except that I start a bit later and enjoy a big breakfast with my family.


Which ’hood are you in?

Midnapore Calgary. It’s a great area located near the southern edge of Calgary, bordered on the north and east by Fish Creek Provincial Park. Midnapore offers ample opportunities to get out in nature.

What do you do?

I create thought-provoking paintings and drawings. My paintings are generally representational, and the content can sometimes be subversive.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I am working on a series exploring health & diet culture through the genre of still life painting.

Where can we find your work?

Website | Facebook | Instagram



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