The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month’s featured artist is Debbie Strange.
Debbie Strange is a Canadian poet, artist, photographer, and musician. She makes small poems and art every day to help manage chronic illness, and to connect her more closely to the world and to herself. Debbie has an affinity for birds and water, and enjoys exploring nature with her husband in their 1978 VW campervan.
Debbie’s haiga are often recognized in the World Haiku Association’s monthly contests. She received the WHA Haiga Award of Excellence in 2015, two Honorable Mentions in the 2016 Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition, and won The Heron’s Nest Cover Illustration Contest in 2014. Her art also appears in the following online and print publications: A Hundred Gourds, Akitsu Quarterly, cattails, Chrysanthemum, Failed Haiku, Gnarled Oak, Haigaonline, hedgerow, Muse India, NHK World TV Japan, Prune Juice, Ribbons, Skylark, Sonic Boom, TanshiArt, The Bamboo Hut, The Zen Space, Tinywords, Undertow Tanka Review, VerseWrights, Wild Plum and Wild Voices.
A complete publication archive, including awards, reviews of her books, and hundreds of images may be accessed here. You can also find her in HaikuLife and Haigaonline. All of the images in this gallery feature award-winning works.