Artist Statement and Bio

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Deb, age 3, at Sportland YMCA, a block from her childhood home.

I’m a rabid collector—of techniques, papers, tiny objects, clothing, and cast offs.  My work often begins with an interesting scrap that suggests a specific narrative, or an idea searching for the right materials to manifest itself.   (I used flattened dry frogs found along the streets of my Hawaiian neighborhood to tell my divorce story.)

I’m a mixed media maker and jack of all trades.   During 30 years as as a high school art teacher, I developed diverse skills making it easy to jump from one media to another. I often use collage to brainstorm love to sketch. Currently I’m creating assemblage wood sculptures, paintings, and prints that contemplate contemporary domestic and mental interiors.

I’m a Denver native. M childhood was complex growing up as the only white and Jewish family in an all Black neighborhood. Art helped make sense of it.  My dad, a major artistic influence, made odd sculptures and home decor while ruling a roost of five women. My four sisters form the foundational rock at the base of my life.  As an adult, I’ve lived in culturally diverse destinations (northern and southern California, rural Alabama, Miami, Western North Carolina, New Orleans, and Hawaii), all have impacted my art and life.  I returned to Denver at age 50, heading the Visual Arts Department at Denver School of the Arts for fifteen years.   Now retired from a 35-year teaching career, I focus on my own art and teach adults at the Art Students League of Denver.

 I love turning others on to creative work in a world where most folks feel they don’t have the skill to make art and where contemporary art feels like a foreign language.    Helping others explore media, find personal voice and have fun is fulfilling work.   Each class and student offers new creative and expressive experiences. 

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