Deborah grew up with a Father who was a fine artist and illustrator. He had a studio filled with canvases and the smell of oil paint which she loved to explore. With this upbringing, she naturally gravitated toward art courses in high school and then attended Paier College of Art in New Haven, Ct. where she studied graphics and studio art.
For many years Deborah was a successful freelance artist, while also working as a manager for one of the Southern Highland Craft Guild retail stores in Asheville, N.C. Given the opportunity to return to Nantucket Island where much of their family is, and to exhibit in a gallery there, she and her husband returned in 2000. The gallery eventually became theirs, and they worked with a wonderful group of professional artists, including their daughter, doing workshops, demonstrations and teaching in the studio on site. Being on the coast, the subject matter of her work revolved around the light filled ocean and beaches, sailboats, and historical town scenes.
Now back in NC, and living surrounded by mountains and woods, she gravitates towards the inspiration in nature that brings her delight. Color and composition, along with a painterly, representational style are Deborah’s areas of concentration, along with a desire to explore different directions her study may take her.
Deborah’s paintings are included in many private collections worldwide, and commissioned work is always welcome as she loves creating a special work of art for a client.