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Debra is a realist painter and instructor. She is represented by several prestigious galleries and is a juried member of Salmagundi Club, The Copley Society, International Guild of Realism, and the US Coast Guard Art Program (Winner George Gray Best of show 2022 COGAP collection). She is an Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master.
Her work is in permanent museum, corporate and government collections around the globe.
The Langham Hotel in Boston commissioned 11 original pieces for their bar and dining areas, and Tongue River Winery in MT purchased a painting for one of their wine labels.
8" x 10" oil on panel
Taking Flight, like many of my still life paintings, is allegorical. To me, that means that as I painted this piece, each element represented a part of a story. The elegant jar with its beautiful jewel is a life well lived, full of challenges and opportunities. The Life is balanced on a shelf that is mostly stable, but could theoretically be pulled out from under at any time. The ornate cast in the background is an inspiration, a ghost of what is possible, the things you want to achieve.
The butterflies taking flight are not real butterflies. They are a made up species because they don't exist yet. They are thoughts of things that may or may not come to pass. They are what keeps me creating. As an artist, I have so many ideas for paintings that never come to fruition. But the joy in creating, for me, is thinking those thoughts, letting those butterflies take flight, and seeing which ones come back to me.