Deborah was born in Baltimore. She graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in 1970, with a diploma in Graphic Design. She studied basic painting as part of the freshman foundation courses, but never pursued it.
After a forty-year hiatus she enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College where she studied painting for seven years, including three years with Leonard Koscianski and one year with Lillian Bayley Hoover. She continues her study with Anthony Waichulis at Ani Art Academy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
She has received first place awards in shows at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD, as well as the Caruso award for Still Life. She has shown also at BWI Airport, University of Maryland Medical Center, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Quiet Waters Park among other venues. In 2013 and again in 2014, she took first place at the UMMC show, which is associated with the National Arts Program.
She has studied some of the Great Masters by copying paintings in the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D. C. She paints in a variety of styles while she searches for her own direction. Her preferred medium is oil.
She prefers painting photo-realist still lifes with a strong leaning to tenebrism, and still lifes which imply movement, which she calls "kinetic" still lifes. She also paints a series of parking signs, which is very different subject matter than still life. In these she invites you to take an intimate look at everyday objects.
Debbie has been making kilts in the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. area for 43 years. An accomplished tailor, she limits her projects to kilts (menswear, pipers, drummers, and dancers), kilted skirts (for women), plaids, and bagpipe covers. She is also adept at altering these items.
She has an extensive knowledge of tartans, pleating patterns, and wool weights suitable for kiltmaking. Although she knows just what is worn underneath a kilt, she is honor bound not to tell!
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Deborah works one day a week at Dorfman Museum Figures, Inc. in Baltimore. She has been there for 22 years and is retired from being the Production Manager for their line of Conservation Forms, which are used in the museum industry for display of artifact garments. www.museumfigures.com
Small Wonders Show, Dec 1 - Dec 26, 2018, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis MD
Strokes of Genius, National painting show, Nov 2 - Nov 26, 2018 MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
UMMC Healing Arts Show, October 8 - November 11, 2018
Maryland Federation of Art Fall Show, Sept 27 - Oct 21, 2018, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
What’s Up? Art Show, Aug 13- Dec 14, Voted People’s Choice runner up for “Anticipation”,
Gratification”, and “Late!”, Annapolis, Maryland
BWI Airport Show, June - December 2018. Enlarged copy of "Pens and Pencils" hanging in Gallery D.
Flora and Fauna, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, April 2018, "Still Life with Pineapples" and "Les Grenades" commended as Noteworthy.
Melange I, 12 Artists show at Maryland Federation of Art, March 2018
Open a New Year, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, January 16 - February 11, 2018. Second place for "Make Lemonade!" Online at
2017 Strokes of Genius, Juror's Choice, national painting show, Maryland Federation of Art, October 27 - November 25, 2017, Annapolis, MD
Capturing Realism 2017 Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas PA. July 8 - August 26, 2017, Ani Art Academy Waichulis
Spring Members' Show, Best in Show, Maryland Federation of Art
Melange II, 12 Artists show at Maryland Federation of Art, February 2017
2016 Overlea ArtsFest, June 4, People's Choice "London Bridge...",
Third Place, Representational Paintng,
Third Place, Abstract Painting
2015 McBride Gallery Art Walk, August 20, 2015 Featured artist.
National Arts Program Featured Artist, June 2015
Image and Imagination show at Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD. May-June 2015.
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Exhibition, "RelationShips" November 2014 - March 2015.
Melange I, 12 Artists show at Maryland Federation of Art, January 27 - February 8, 2015.
2014 Maryland Art @ College Park, June 14 - August 2, 2014.
Member Show, MFA Circle Gallery, Honorable Mention, May 2014.
UMMC Healing Arts Exhibit , First Place, "Make Lemonade!". October 9 - 23, 2014
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Exhibition, "Art-chitecture" July - November.
Melange II - Twelve artist show at Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD. March 5 - 16
Solo Show at Mountain Road Branch of the AA County Public Library. Feb 1st
through Feb. 26th 2014. Opening reception: Tuesday, Feb. 11th. 7 - 8:30 pm.
2013 MFA National Small Wonders Show, "Tiny Tomatoes" Honorable Mention. December 2013
Galleries at Quiet Waters Park, First Place - "Tomato and Plum" AACO: Artists of Anne Arundel
and MFA members Aug. 21 - Oct. 13
UMMC Healing Arts Exhibit , First Place, "President Street Parking". October 9 - 23, 2013,
Maryland Art @ College Park June 14 - Aug. 2, 2013
AACC Juried Show Purchase Prize winner. "Tomato".
11 Artists Show at Md Higher Education Commission, 200 West Baltimore St., through March 25th
2012 Two Artist Show, November and December, 2012, Paul's Homewood Café, Annapolis, MD
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Exhibition, "Transportation" Dec 7, 2012 - March 15, 2013
National Juried Show, "Strokes of Genius", Nov. 2 - 24, 2012, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Independent Directions: One Man, Ten Women. AACC, July 7-27, 2012
Two-woman show. Bernice Kish Gallery, Slayton House, Columbia MD. Feb 2, - March 24, 2012
2011 MFA Melange II Show, Twelve Artists Annapolis Maryland
MFA Juried Winter Show, Annapolis, MD. Caruso Award winner (Grand Prize for painting) "Still Life with
2010 MFA Juried Fall Show, First Prize winner, "President Street Parking"