About Deborah Lambert (nee Dalziell)

Debbie over the years has travelled extensively throughout the country on painting trips and has had painting trips overseas to Italy, Prague, Austria, Hong Kong, Ireland to name a few, but she always happily returns home to her favorite painting ground.

She has a strong desire to explore and paint on location, usually staying in DOC or farm Station huts or even tenting. Sometimes Debbie flies inland by helicopter to remote spots but more often she drives her (4WD) truck which has been specially set up, accompanied by husband or painting buddies to paint en plein air.

Debbie chooses to paint in both oils and watercolours depending on how she wants to interpret the scene.

After years of teaching both Primary and Secondary students, Debbie now chooses to teach painting skills and techniques to adult students Debbie has been guest tutor with many different art groups throughout the country as well as teaching in Ashburton. For her, the ultimate Art lesson is taking students outdoors and painting “en plein air”, so they understand and feel the connection with their surrounds, hearing the music of nature. Painting en plein air enables the artist to use all senses to paint their truth, capturing emotions and connections. Painting bares the soul.

All Debbie’s artworks are completely original and are either painted “alla prima” on location, or in her studio at home from sketches and photos she has taken.

Over the past 20+ years Debbie has received many awards for her works which are in private collections both nationally and internationally.

Watch Debbie Lambert on Colour In Your Life TV Art Show.


Watercolour New Zealand Inc
Art Trails New Zealand
Ashburton Society of Arts
Whakatane Art Society
Kawerau Art Society
Artworks by Deborah Lambert

Representing Galleries

Saffron Gallery,Timaru
Bryce Gallery, Christchurch
McAtamney Gallery Geraldine

Awards & Major Exhibitions

2017 - 30th September – 5th November 'Impressions by Ten' bi-annual exhibition. Ashburton Art Gallery

2015 - Impressions by Ten, Ashburton Art Gallery

2013 - Impressions by Ten, (an exhibition to promote and enlighten public about Plein air artists and artworks), Ashburton Art Gallery

2013 - Guest Artist Twizel Area Annual Art Exhibition;
Methven Summer School Invited Tutor Glenfalloch Station (plein air)

2012 - Group Exhibition: 'Impressions by Ten', 10 local Artists who paint on Location
Methven Summer School invited Tutor plein Air Mt Potts Station
Invited Tutor to Twizel Area Art Group

2011 - 'Coast to Coast' Exhibition with Sue Simpson; Dunedin Railway station, Dunedin
Artist Member Otago Art Society
Painting workshop with Amanda Hyatt, Italy, then 2 weeks painting holiday Italy
Joint Exhibition with Susie Millichamp
Methven Summer School Tutor daily Plein Air, High Country

2010 - Guest Exhibitor Ashburton Art Gallery (with Margaret Mahy Book launch)
Joint exhibition with Sue Simpson Short Street Studio, Ashburton

2009 - second prize National amateur photography competition
Exhibition: Orion Power House Akaroa, Joint with Alison Ramsay
Exhibition: Saffron Gallery of Art, Timaru, with Trevor Askin , Sculptor

2008 - First solo Exhibition Lake Hood
Guest Exhibitor Ashburton Society of Arts Annual Exhibition

2007 - Exceptional Adult Educator Award
Ashburton Society of Arts Local Merit Award
Exhibition Ice house Gallery Methven

2006 - Art in the High Country Exhibition at Glenfalloch
Painting workshop with Charles Reid Austria and Prague
Guest Artist Chocolart Gallery Ashburton
Rosebank Merit Award, Ashburton Art Society Annual Exhibition

2005 - Charles Reid Painting Workshop Italy
Guest Artist Chocolart Gallery Ashburton

1990 - Merit Award Bay Arts festival Taupo

1986 - Selected finalist Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award

1985 - Selected finalist Shell Art Award/Molly Morpeth Canaday Award

1984 - Selected finalist Shell Art Award

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