Originally from the USA, Debra moved to the UK and now lives in Sundridge, Kent. Debra studied for her Bachelor of Arts degree at Beloit College, Wisconsin, U.S.A. and for her M.Ed degree at Bristol University, UK, going on to teach at primary schools for many years. More recently, she has devoted herself to her own artistic activities, undertaking the role of Area Coordinator for the Sevenoaks Area Artists that take part in South East Open Studios. Debra spends several months each year in Florida where she paints and exhibits on a regular basis. Her travels have also taken her to Lesbos and Paros in Greece. She came home with many lively paintings inspired by these beautiful islands.
Debra’s paintings use vibrant colour, they are about marks making up shapes and getting something to happen visually. She strives for the playful, the exuberant and the uplifting. Subject matter focuses on beauties in the natural world, fruit, vegetables, flowers, trees, skies, animals and the human form. Continuing fascination with watercolour and ink has led to other mixed media “combos”. Debra also works in oils, acrylics, gouache, inks and monoprints. Debra’s favourite artist is Matisse. “Good colour sings” he said. “It is melodious, aromatic, never overbaked.”