Debbie studied Illustration at Harrow School of Art and at The Royal College of Art and had a career as a freelance illustrator in London for 20 years. She now lives and paints from her home in Devon.
Debbie’s escape route from London was a move to Somerset to renovate and run a country inn. She had every intention of continuing to paint however things didn't go according to plan! With very restricted free time Debbie could only look fleetingly at the landscape and it wasn’t until she sold her thriving business that she was able see the world through brush strokes again. She says she imagines it is like waking from a coma; with a new perspective she is fresh, excited and fascinated by who she now is and how she sees things.
“I love the act of brushing blobs of paint in varying thicknesses on a surface, one over the other. I assemble landscapes based on walks with my dog along muddy footpaths, through gates and over fields, houses, farm buildings and animals the points of focus organising blobs of colour. I visualise these journeys in my paintings.”
Debbie’s personal nicknames for places map her view and provide titles for her paintings.