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My new body of work "The Things We Carry" takes a look at society and emotions and how it may be looked at from some angle.  An innocence that has brought no knowledge of symbols and meanings and what that perspective would look like.  

Sometimes, the emotional expression explodes in the carving of the board, or intensity of line: building a bridge between visual and emotional feelings. One function of the work is to generate new insight.  Communicating a new graphical interpretation formed with familiar imagery; a zone for the viewer to recall past connections, while establishing new ones.  This process helps me move forward and perhaps the audience it captures. 

I draw my imagery from the environment, events and circumstances that impact our everyday life and how we make our own connections.  The intent is to follow the emotion, extract symbols, abstract or figurative to reveal an image of how they intertwine and connect because as human beings we look for these connections. It is a journey through the painting itself one thing overlaps and influences the next. "Vision", and my pieces for Magic and dreams was especially influenced by the mixed emotions our country faces in this time.

The work is created through a layering process; then a method of exploring and searching for symbols embedded in the surface, that surround the emotion. Sometimes, the emotional expression explodes in the carving of the board, or intensity of the line; building a bridge between visual and emotional feelings.  One function of the work is to invoke a new meaning to symbols that we have established relationships with, and take it to a new place.  The work communicates a new interpretation formed with familiar imagery; a zone for the viewer to recall past connections, while establishing new ones.  This process helps me move forward and perhaps the audience it captures.


Deborah started as a muralist and received a grant for hWomen’s Art Institute Studio Intensive/MCAD(Minnesota College of Art & Design), where she was involved with the WARM- Women Art Resources of MN) since 2008-present. She was drawn to Arizona, after painting her rock imagery and started showing her work out in at the Creative Center of Scottsdale, but soon left for the beauty of Sedona.  Deborah has now returned to Lincoln Illinois to be closer to family.  

(The artist does commissions & donates her work to raise money for Breast Cancer Events, Children's Theatre, and 

Make a Wish foundation and Humane Society). 

Current Member Associations:

WARM - Womens Art Resources of MN    

Banfill-Locke Cntr for Arts MN 

Womanmade Gallery-Chicago  

Sedona Arts Center- AZ

Northern Az Watercolor

Exhibits and Exhibitions:

2022 "Artoberfest", Salem Arts Association Galleries, Salem MA; Sept 3-Nov 6

2022 "Political Storm", Las Laguna Art Gallery Online Expo, Laguna Beach CA; Nov 1-Dec 3

2022 "What Sedona Means to Me"; Sedona Art Center; Opening Sept. 2-22

2022 “High Energy / Soothing” LAI Lincoln Art Institute Opening April 15-May 5, 5-8 pm 

2021 Texture and Tones, Lincoln Art Institute, Opening Oct 14-Dec 4, 5-8 pm

2021 "Transitions": Group show opening April 8th 5-8 pm, Lincoln Art Institute

2020  Magic & Dreams  Sedona Art Center  

Virtual online  June 1st-30 

2020 Sedona Art Center Salon des Refusses  Jan.17-19

2020 Sedona Art Center Members  40 th Juried show

2019 Sedona Art Center 39th Annual  )opening  March-April, 2019 Ribbon Creativity
2019 Opening reception Feb. 7  Research & Discovery Canyon Mesa Country Club, Village of Oak Creek-Sedona. Solo Show
2018 Opening reception Nov. 3rd 2017  WARM Women's ART Resources of MN Presents "Roots and Fruits" College of  St.Catherine, St. Paul MN  
2016-2017  WARM  Women Art Resources of MN  "Self Portraits" Tractor Works Building MPLS Opening 
2016 Creative Center of Scottsdale Az
2015 Cambridge MN, Trilogy of Textures Fall Fine Art Show NEMAA
2014 Fall Fine Arts Show Solar Arts Building NE Mpls

2013 Relocated to India for six month period
2012  Edina Art Fair
2012  "Where Art Thou?" Achieve Services Gala silent auction   Majestic Oaks Golf Club, Ham Lake,  MN
2012 AAW  Art-a-Whirl Grain Belt 
2012  Banfill-Locke Center for Arts - Group Show 2nd place 
* Out of Country Bangalore India Relocation approx 1yr
2011 Heart of the Beast Puppet Mask Theater-  “ Dreams of Winter”         
2011 Bethesda Hospital Group Show
2011 Women's Building St. Paul Show Resurfacing  Sept.-Oct. solo show
2011 The Women's Art Instititute Group
2011 MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids MN "Layered Interpretations"  Solo Show 
2011 "Temporality"  WARM Artists, Grain Belt Bottling House, MPLS 
2011 Paul Whitney Larson Art Gallery, University of Minnesota "Hidden Details" 
2011 Special Event Women's Art Institute Scholarship Fund Benefit Sale  
Opening 3/26/11  6-9pm  Northrop King Gallery Minneapolis
2010 Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts  - Best of Show  - Leap of Faith
2010 Bloomington Art Center WARM Member Exhibition
2010 University of St. Cloud Atwood Gallery, Solo Show Research and Discovery
2010 Foot in the Door IV Mpls Institute for the Arts
2010 Art Per Chance  Mpls Institute of Arts
2009 Fall Fine Art Show NEMAA Art Quinox , Dia de los Muertos Altered Esthtics
2010 Bloomington Art Center Members Show    Juried 
2009 Art Per Chance MPLS Institute of Arts
AAW  Art-A-Whirl, St. Paul Art Crawl Tilsner  Building

2009 Altered Esthetics.  Juried show Mpls MN “The Struggle Within”  
2009 Spiritual Art Show - Kolbe  Center of Pope John Paul II    Juried


BS Illinois State University; BS Comprehensive Art

MCAD studio Intensive Program

Studio Study MCADMn College Art & Design

NTPI (National Personal Training Institute PT Nutrition

        Certification PT

        Certification Nutrition


        Heart Saver /Save a Life MNSCU-Multi Regional Training, Certf #AHA#0407297986


Artist/Painter/Mural Painting/Special Events

Murals /Faux work/Trend Specialty Décor

Fine Art  Fundraising/Special Event Planning:  (Please con tact artist if you have an event for nonprofit)

Teaching/ Pre-K through Adult Brooklyn Park and Rec. Brooklyn Park MN Department of Education. Dist. 279 para

Education Minnesota, Short Call Substitute Pre K-adult Lic. #569051-0001

NEMAA Member/ (    or

WARM Women’s Art Resources of MN  Programming

Classic Creations, owner operator commercial murals, faux painting, special event planning

Home and Garden Show Minneapolis Convention Center 

Brooklyn Park and Recreation Arts (Teaching and Special Events)Community Activity Center, Brooklyn Park Historical Farm, Dist. 279 Osseo Area Schools  Para Professional  No Child Left Behind (English/Math)





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