As a plein air artist living in South Boston, I find a limitless source for my paintings. Sunny days and moonlit nights find me painting on neighborhood street corners and downtown Bostn. When painting outdoors is not possible, I work in my studio on larger scale paintings and works derived from old family photos, portraits or from small studies and photos of my on-site locations.
What interests me most about plein air painting is how sunlight breaks up form when it falls on an object. When working in this manner time is of the essence. I must return to the outdoor location at the same time, each day for the short period of time when the sun and shadows are at the same angle and position. I like to view the city as an urban canyon where shadows caused by the surrounding buildings create an unexpected pattern of dark and light.
My choice of subject matter, such as old buildings, antique cars and nightscapes pay homage to a disappearing landscape. With my portraits and old photograph derived works I am hoping to also portray an intimate moment in time. I hope that with these paintings I am able to celebrate these people and these landmarks.
Born in New Hampshire, she has called South Boston her home for the past 40 years.
Deb is a graduate of Mass College of Art with a BFA in painting. Member of the Quincy Arts Association and the Portrait Society of America.
Current and Past Exhibitions (last 10 years)
2023 This Is Boston. MIdway Gallery, Midway Studios, Boston Ma
2023 Quincy ArtsFest
2023 MassArt Juried Auction
2022 Emerging Boston City Hall
2022 Quincy Arts Fest, Quincy Ma
2022 MassArt Juried Art Auction
2021 MassArt Juried Art Auction
2021 Goodbye 2020 Boston
2020 Focus on Figure Juried Show North River Arts
2020 Body of Work Figure Show, Crane Library, Quincy
2020 2019 2018 2017MassArt Juried Art Auction
2019 BCEC South Boston Show
2019 2018 2017 Massasoit Juried Art Festival
2019 Quincy Arts Affair
2017 QAA Nude Figure Show, Crane Library Quncy MA
2017 BNN Studio Boston MA Portrait and the story behind it
2016 BNN Studio Boston Ma
2016 Faye Chandler Exhibit Boston City Hall
2016 Patriot Place Gallery, Foxboro Ma
AWARDS AND HONORS
2023 Best in show, Quincy Arts Fest, Nice Haircut
2022 Best over 50, Faye Chandler Emerging, Boston City Hall
2021 Best in Show, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Love and Remembrance
2019 1st place Arts Affair Marina Bay, He Greets the Day
2019 2nd place Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA, The Muses
2018 Best in Show Quincy Arts Fest
2018 2nd Place Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA
2017 Best in Show Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA
2016 1st place Quincy Arts Fest
2015 Best in Show Massasoit Arts Fest Canton Ma Company
2015 Best in Show Quincy Arts Festival Quincy Ma
2014 First Prize Massasoit Arts Fest Canton Ma AP
2013 First Prize Quincy Art's Fest Quincy Ma Eve
2013 First Prize Massasoit Art's Fest Canton Ma
2012 First Prize Quincy Art's Fest Quincy Ma Chinatown View
2012 Second Prize and Honorable Mention Massasoit Arts Festival Canton
2012 Best in Show SAA Juried Exhibition Front Street Gallery
2011 Best in Show, Massasoit Art Festival Canto Ma
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