Debbie began working life as a professional illustrator after studying at Harrow School of Art and then at The Royal College of Art. After 15 years she left London in 2003 to renovate a country pub in Somerset with the intention of painting the landscape she loved. However, running a pub left little time to paint! It was 13 years and a further move to Devon before she fulfilled her ambition to paint full time. Returning to paint after an extended break gave Debbie a fresh perspective on her art, resulting in renewed excitement and fascination.
Debbie’s paintings are assembled from the landscapes she encounters on her walks with her dog in Devon. Her joy in the simple process of painting, the act of brushing blobs of varying thickness paints on a surface, one over the other, shines through in her work. She makes brilliant use of vivid colour organised around points of interest, usually the details of her muddy treks on coastal footpaths. Trees, gates, vertiginous rolling fields, white painted houses and farm animals all feature.
Debbie’s work offers a fresh and enthralling take on the Devon countryside which is thoroughly contemporary and endlessly engaging.