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ABOUT Debbie Payne, M.A.


Debbie at the top of a mountain in Whitehorse, Yukon at midnight on the Solstice where the sun never sets. Debbie's nature name is Sunbee.                                                                                             Photo by Emily Payne.

Over the years Debbie has expressed herself in her life creatively in several different ways, and here are a few examples:

  • Designing and building a loveseat and footstool in high school

  • Writing poetry

  • Crafting macrame

  • Gardening

  • Attempting to play ukulele

  • A few singing lessons

  • Knitting and crocheting

  • Writing articles and books

  • Developing innovative leadership programs

  • Speaking engagements

  • Creating visual art


Fostering and developing a creative outlet stimulates our minds and pulls forth elements of ourselves that often surprise us. Debbie Payne Expressions shares some of her visual art, poetry and writing in the hope that you are inspired to explore your own creativity and share it with others. How do you express your creativity? 


Images and text on this site are copyrighted by Debbie Payne and require permission to reproduce or use on other sites or publications. Permission is often granted free or at a nominal fee.  If you would like to purchase, use, or commission something from Debbie please contact her at


Debbie Payne is retired from her full-time work that creatively focused on education, adult learning as well as organizational, leadership and people development.  Debbie chooses now to focus her energy and provide pro-bono help to non-profit and social enterprise organizations that could use a hand or some ideas to grow their organizations with wise leadership and sustainable practices. You can read more about her professional work and bio on LinkedIN or her sites DP Leadership Associates and Deberna International. 

Favourite  Art and Creativity Quotes

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”

                           Pablo Picasso

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”                                    Vincent Van Gogh

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will”                               George Bernard Shaw

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while”                                                                                                    Steve Jobs

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on”

                                               Albert Einstein

"We need to make the world safe for creativity and innovation, for it's creativity and innovation that makes the world safe for us.                                                                                   Dr. Edgar Mitchell

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