Debra cannot remember when art was not a major part of her life. Living overseas in Libya and Aruba, you can see different cultures and styles evident in her art. At age 13, she found herself sketching at the base of the Acropolis in Greece. This led to her love of Architecture where she received a Bachelor of Architecture at the Univ. of Texas. Her abilities won her the title of “Best of Show” with the Doyle Wilson Corp. before graduation. Practicing architecture in Washington DC for 15 years and ready to branch out on her own, she began her artist career in 2000. Her Abstract style pulls its
strength from travel, architecture, and her faith.
Art is Debra’s language, and it speaks of how she is innately wired. As an inspirational artist, beginning with a career as an architect, she is now a full-time muralist, artist, art instructor, illustrator, and designer. With a brush and a pencil in hand, Debra begins her designs by sketching to scale and allowing the form to follow function. Her process
begins with a design sketch and follows to completion using raw material, recycled scraps, paper, scissors, and a needle as her drawing instruments. The work builds from within, using familiar forms and strong bold colors to convey tension and emotional yearning.
Her life’s work is a continued exploration which has its roots in a life lived overseas and the experience of a multicultural community. As a multimedia artist, Debra’s work and teaching style clearly represents a global influence. With each new project, her journey begins with research and analysis of a subject which takes her design from concept to expression.