Deborah is a Chicagoland native and an award-winning artist. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in painting. Deborah has been in the art and design industry for more than 20 years, She has worked in jewelry design and graphic arts; however painting remains her main passion.
Art has always been a part of Deborah's life. Her great grandmother, who was an aficionado of fashion, art and drama introduced her to the paintbrush and it quickly became a life-long interest. The more Deborah focused on her jewelry designs, the less she picked up a paintbrush. Feeling trapped and creatively restricted with the perimeters of the design process, she slowly began to visit the canvas more often. Not only was painting Deborah's source for a creative outlet, it also served as a beginning to her self-discovery journey. Exploring the creative process of painting has proved very therapeutic; it has brought Deborah much needed clarity in many aspects of her life.
She creates her paintings using layering and blending techniques with acrylic paint and a variety of mixed medias. Thick layers of rich vibrantly colored paints are used to illustrate her current state of mind. The reawakening of her passion has played an essential role in Deborah's development as a person, artist and professional.
Deborah also uses her creative voice to tell stories of current events and bring attention to mental health struggles and societal issues faced by women and minorities. She does this by blending fantasy with reality using a variety of mediums. "My work in this area has been called aggressive by some males in this business with the suggestion that I 'tone it down'. I guess that means I am doing something right."