Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Debra’s passion for art began at a very young age. She majored in Art Education at Edinboro State University before moving to California to complete her BA in Visual Arts and Communications at the University of California, San Diego. For a number of years, painting and mixed media were Debra’s preferred creative mediums …until the gift of a digital camera rekindled her love of photography.
Debra is continually exploring and honing her photographic skills and vision through workshops and memberships in organizations like FotoSaga, a Carmel-based women’s photography group, and LensWork Online, where her images have been featured in the Reader Spotlight Publication. Her work has been included in a number of local, national, and international juried exhibitions and was recently acquired for the collection of the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
When I take my camera to a beautiful natural setting or city street scene, my eye often wanders to some small element or pattern within the bigger picture. I am attracted to the underlying structure of things, to the design and materials, and to the way the forces of nature – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Gravity, Light, and Time – all imprint the material world with their magic.
Some of my images border on the abstract. By “extracting, isolating, or separating out” a certain element of a photographic subject, it becomes simplified to a more basic, fundamental form – perhaps something closer to its innate essence.
Other images examine the relationship between objects, space, time, and light. In my “Speed of Light” portfolio, slow-capture images blur the borders between objects and the space that surrounds them. Movement of the subject or the camera adds the element of time. Points of light are stretched almost like brushstrokes in a painting, creating a softer impressionistic interpretation and accentuating the effect of time passing. “Mixed Vantage” is a series exploring spatial perception – how our field of vision at any given moment in time is limited to a particular position and orientation in space. Turn slightly in any direction and it changes. How many possible “fields of vision” could we perceive within that same space and time? And how is our experience of life impacted by the limits of our perception?