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For over 3 decades, Deborah has created wearable and gallery art pieces by painting with dyes on silk. The process involves drawing the line design with gutta resist onto the white silk. The dyes are then brushed on the silk and flow and blend magically in the painting. The silk art is set, and is washable or drycleanable, and very durable for wearing. Images are inspired by her daily journey from the coast to vineyards and the people she meets along the way. See her art gallery for silk scarf images for sale. Commissioned work is also welcomed. Permanent rotating displays of her work are found at Artisana in Sebastopol, California.
Deborah teaches workshops in this art form in the San Francisco Bay area and in Sonoma County, California. Listings of current classes can be found under teaching dates. Workshops can be designed for private groups also. She has been the recipant of eighteen California Arts Council grants to teach this art form in schools.
Phone (707) 823-8153
P.O.Box 847, Forestville, CA, 95436
I've always been an artist. My early works and sales were in watercolors, oils, pen and ink, and ceramics. For the past 35 years I have enjoyed creating paintings and drawings on silk. My works are exhibited and sold through numerous galleries, shows and commissioned works. As a forerunner in the painting of dyes on silk, I have worked as a consultant on art materials and dye development, and have authored and illustrated two instructional books on the subject (Painting Dyes on Silk, 1987). In 1995 I was a consultant on dye processes for costume designs for the San Francisco Ballet Company, "Nut Cracker Suite". I authored a chapter on silk art in Great Wedding Parties, a Leisure Arts Publication, 2001. I frequently conduct painting workshops at businesses and schools in Sonoma County.
Promoting art experiences in the schools has been a life emphasis. I have been awarded eighteen California Arts Council Grants to work as an artist-in-residence in local schools. In 2001-2003, in conjunction with the Calif. Arts Council and Forestville School, I was coordinator of a Demonstration Art Project for 20 schools and produced an art education web site, emphasizing written arts curriculum and state arts standards (VAPA). You can view an archive of the art education web site by selecting the link on my homepage. As an art consultant for curriculum development in schools, I have assisted KRCB, channel 22, reviewing videos of working artists, and helped write discussion questions for the classroom. I also created curriculum for the Healdsburg Arts Council in conjunction with the Smithsonian Art Train 1998, designing hands-on art programs and related historical lessons for the classroom. For Healdsburg's Student Art Fan Exhibit 2003 in conjunction with the Fan Museum and classroom studies about Japan, I acted as coordinator of three schools. In 2003-2005 I coordinated public art exhibits of student art in Healdsburg, Forestville and Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Offices of Education.