This magical passion of Deborah’s can be described using a quote from Edgar Degas, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” When she is in an environment that invokes an emotional feeling – be it a beautiful landscape, a busy cityscape, or a crashing ocean – her eyes take in the light, patterns, and connectivity of all that is around her. It is this vision and emotion she conveys in her paintings. Her wish is to pull the viewer into the painting to explore – wandering through the scene to get lost in its beauty and find peace in its serenity.
Deborah’s dream was always to become an artist but was never able to make it a reality. It wasn’t until retiring from a 36-year career as an educator, she decided to follow that dream. She began experimenting with acrylics, watercolors, and oils, but it wasn’t until she worked with pastels that she had found what she was searching for. The tactile feeling of this piece of pure pigment painting medium sliding across a sheet of sanded paper was magical.