Deborah's African roots are evident in the colours and textures of her paintings. "I like to utilise unusual materials, such as bitumen, resin, industrial enamel, shellac and beeswax medium into my work. Being an avid experimentalist, I love to challenge myself to make great art from non-paint like materials".
Having a vibrant personality, her work exudes with strong, gestural strokes, reflecting her inner energy and passion for life.
Deborah discovered her talent for art in high school, but it was only until she graduated from university in 2003 with a degree in visual arts that her painting career was finally launched. A significant commission came her way in 2009, in which Deborah created provide 116 original paintings for a new hotel in Mandurah, The Sebel. Deborah was absolutely delighted and began work immediately to develop a series of paintings which would reflect the unique waterways of Mandurah. This organic, flowing style of her paintings proved very popular with the architectural and interior design markets, but being an essentially eclectic painter, Deborah has created many, large scale, gestural, contemporary abstract works as well.
Deborah is currently undertaking a one year plein air mentorship under Mr. Leon Holmes. "It's been a tough 18 months for me, Explains Deborah. "I've had to deal with the sudden death of my daughter in 2015, plus I realised that trends in art had changed significantly but was unsure of which direction to take with my art practice." After hard work and commitment, Deborah has now become excited at developing new paintings of abstracted landscapes, using the small plein air studies as a reference point.