Artist Statement

“According to research, once our survival needs are met, no single aspect of our lives contributes more to our satisfaction with life or to our sense of psychological well-being than our intimate relationships. Yet despite our best efforts, the seeds of relationship demise are often visible from the very beginning”. *

“Alongside an interest in portraiture, Debra’s practice investigates the intimacy of relationships from their birth through to death and is partially influenced by life experience. It looks at the, ‘all consuming throw of passion’, family dynamics, divorce to online dating and infidelity and will often resonate with the viewer because of its pervasive theme.

Some research has taken her online into dating sites and chatrooms to explore the themes of intimacy further. She uses a mixture of traditional and digital painting methods as a way of creating her narratives. This sometimes involves working on an iPad to create digital collages. Much of her work is rendered with oils and acrylic and is informed directly from life and her own interpretations”. D.L.Taylor

Debra won a scholarship at the UAL Wimbledon to do a Masters course in Fine Art after finishing her Bachelors in Painting. She now lives and works in Surrey and exhibits in London and around the U.K

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