Debbie was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She graduated from Ithaca College, Magna Cum Laude, and earned her masters degree from Fordham College in Educational Administration. After a few years of teaching and working in school admissions she married, devoting her time to raising a family and painting watercolors. For thirty-seven years she has concentrated her passion and energy into watercolor. Her work has developed mostly through workshops, classes and independent study. Recognized teachers she has studied under include Margaret Huddy, Carolyn Gawarecki, Susan Abbott, Tony Couch, Tony Van Hasselt and Tim Clark. Having recently moved to the Savannah area, she is inspired to paint the lovely Savannah area with its amazing marshes, bird life and live Oaks.
Paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, John Pike, Jan Kunz, and Nita Engel have all influenced her work. She is also inspired by her beloved Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania and coastal scenes of Georgia and Florida. Debbie seeks to portray, in a realistic style, the beauty of nature in landscapes or the luminescence of flowers in close up detail. What is important to her is to capture the light, so her paintings evoke an emotion and a feeling of oneness with nature.
Debbie’s paintings have been juried into the following shows:
The Southern Watercolor Show, Prize awarded
The Virginia Watercolor Show
Mid-Atlantic Exhibition of the Baltimore Watercolor Society
The Torpedo Factory Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA Prize awarded
The Vienna Arts Society, VA
Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Prize awarded
Gallery West, Alexandria, VA
The Central Virginia Watercolor Show
Fairfax Art League
Alexandria City Hall Show
Debbie is a Signature Member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, a juried member of Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and a member of The Virginia Watercolor Society, and the Landings Art Association.