Colored pencil and graphite satisfy my deep compulsion to draw and to focus on the micro-cosmology of small, well observed and well rendered details; pastel allows me to be more painterly, bold, instinctive, and impressionistic. My more recent explorations into the abstraction of both natural forms and manmade structures allow me to revel in the joy of expressive color, shape, and line, leaving the viewer free to find his or her own meaning in the work.
My mediums are pastel, colored pencil, and graphite. Pastel is usually applied over an underpainting of washed-in hard pastels, watercolor, watercolor pencil, or liquid acrylic. I generally apply colored pencil dry, in multiple layers for a rich, dense surface, although I also occasionally work over watercolor, as well, and I am currently creating a series in which colored pencil is layered over gouache on sanded papers. The papers I most often use are Stonehenge, illustration and multimedia board, and 300lb watercolor paper, along with Wallis and UArt sanded papers. I generally have work in all mediums under way at any given time in the studio.
I have focused most of my attention over the past 8 years on plein air pastels, completing relatively fewer colored pencil studio pieces. Beginning in 2014, my goal is to spend more time in the studio, applying what I’ve learned from the plein air experience and focusing on studio pastels, colored pencil and mixed media pieces, and graphite and tonal drawing.
Ellicott City, Maryland
Education & Training
Deborah studied drawing and painting between the ages of 12 and 16 with a series of private instructors in Florida, Maryland, and Virginia; studied fine art, art history, and painting conservation at Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 1975; has taken colored pencil workshops with Bonnie Auten, Eileen Sorg, Arlene Steinberg, and others, and has taken pastel workshops with Lorenzo Chavez, Terri Ford, Rosalie Nadeau, Susan Ogilvie, Richard McKinley, Maggie Price, Albert Handel, Anita Louise West, Doug Dawson, Bob Rohm, Diane Tesler, and Jack Pardue.
Deborah is a past President of the Maryland Pastel Society and a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and CPSA District Chapter 109 (Metro Washington, D.C.). She is also a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, the International Guild of Realism, Strathmore Artists, and the Maryland Federation of Art.
Selected Solo and National Exhibitions, Awards, and Publications
MPSGS Miniatures Exhibitions, Bethesda, MD (2011, 2012, 2013) : First Place (twice) & Honorable Mention /Drawing
Maryland Pastel Society’s 2013 National Juried Exhibition, Frederick, MD: Third Place
“Paint the Town” Plein Air Competition, Chestertown, MD (2013): Best in Show
“Less Is More,” National Juried Small Works Show, Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis, MD (2013)
The Magic of Colored Pencil Juried Exhibition, Newport, RI (2013)
International Guild of Realism’s Annual International Juried Exhibitions, MA & CA (2007, 2012)
22nd Annual Strathmore Artists’ Juried Exhibition, Bethesda, MD (2012): Third Place
CPSA International Juried Exhibitions: Covington, KY (2012), Los Gatos, CA (2010), Atlanta, GA (2009), et al
MD Federation of Art’s 12th Annual “American Landscapes,” Annapolis, MD (2012): Juror’s Choice Award
Maryland Pastel Society’s 2012 Juried Members’ Show: Donni Dingman Memorial Award
Artists’ Gallery Featured Shows, Columbia, MD (2010, 2011)
Fells Point Gallery International Miniature Exhibitions (2010, 2011): Second Place, Graphic Category (both years)
American Women Artists’ Open Exhibition, South Street Gallery, Easton, MD (2009)
The Art of Colored Pencil, Bristol, RI (2007): Daniel Smith Art Materials Award
Publications: “Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing,” published by North Light Books, 2007
Deborah retired in 2009 after 30 years in Federal Service, beginning with a 4-year tour in the U.S. Army that took her to (West) Berlin from 1978 to 1982.