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 an active member of a number of photographic organizations including the Center for Photographic Art, ImageMakers, FotoSaga Women Photographers, and LensWork online. Her work has been included in local, national, and international juried exhibitions and acquired for corporate collections.

Artist’s Statement

As a photographer, I am attracted to the underlying structure of things, and to the way the forces of nature – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Gravity, Light, and Time –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.

The “Mixed Vantage” portfolio explores the human experience of spatial perception. Our field of vision at any given moment is limited to one position and orientation in space. Turn slightly in any direction and it changes. These studies involve capturing multiple perspectives of a space within a single photograph.

Other work examines the relationship between objects, space, time, and light. 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, creating a more impressionistic interpretation of the subject.