at ICA Boston

Ms. Deborah

BFA Sculpture, School of Visual Arts
MSEd, Dominican College
Certified Teacher NY & NC

By the age of seven, I knew I was an artist. My second grade self portrait was a young girl at the easel, donning a black beret and smock, proudly holding a brush and palette. For years, after I finished my homework, I would sit in my room teaching myself to draw, admiring the work of the masters. As I changed and grew, my love for art did not fade; largely the result of my surroundings. Having been raised in New York City where art abounds, it took many forms- the Triboro Bridge against the skyline, street performers, impromptu musical gatherings, a large Botero on Park Avenue. People were everywhere, creating a rich tapestry of arts, culture and humanity. These primary experiences birthed an intrinsic desire to bring art to the everyday.

I studied Fine Arts at The School of Visual Arts in New York City with a major in sculpture under mentors such as John Miller, Alice Aycock, Barry LeVa, Mary Heilman, Art Schade, and art history genius Donald Kuspit. I then went on to receive a Master of Science in Education specializing in individuals with severe and multiple disabilities while teaching art in the Bronx at the Lavelle School for the Blind. In addition, I worked with many families through the NJ Tap PATH program, taught art for The Children’s Aid Society at Rhinelander Center, Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar School in NC as well as working as the art director at numerous camps and teaching private clients. I have extensive experience with the Core Knowledge art curriculum as well as Teaching Literacy Through Art…a research based program developed by the Guggenheim Museum. I have two large scale public works in St. Petersburg, FL and one in Cape Charles, VA, as well as private collections. Although I love sculpture, I find the intimate studio setting and simple materials speak to me with just as much power. My husband, Chris, and I have three beautiful, bright children, and the best black lab you have ever met- and we love our new home here in North Sea. A fun afternoon usually consists of a pile of metal and a torch, some wool or fabric or paper and pastels… I am happy when I am with my family making something beautiful.

Interests: cooking, gardening, beekeeping, art, nature studies, hiking, yoga, craft, knitting, poetry, riding the carousel.

Collections: hands, quilts, small antique bottles, vintage fabric & notions, rocks & crystals, blessed mothers, vintage children’s books, blue glass, anything with birds, aprons, albums.

Favorite places (so far): The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its’ roof garden, Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Watch Hill, RI, Redwood National Park, The Finger Lakes Region, NY, Pearson Falls, NC, suburbs of Amsterdam, walking in Paris, the seashores of Gaeta, snorkeling in the Florida Keys, the churches of Italy, the boardwalk in Long Beach, our home.

Have you met me??? I love what I do!

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your amazing children!

Stop by and see us in the studio!


4 responses »

  1. Unfortunately I live more than 3000 miles from eastern Long Island. But I’m so pleased to see that Debbie has established what seems to be an impressive venue for her talent. I am familiar with her artistic abilities in many medium, her soft nature in dealing with people and her gift for passing these along to children and adults, alike.
    Congratulations Deb in establishing this studio and all the best to you, Chris and those three terrific kids.

  2. I am very excited about your upcoming workshop series and am equally pleased about the disocounted price when I sign my child up for the entire series. Wise move;this should be a lifelasting experience an a long awaited outlet for art that will do wonderfully in the Hamptons Best of Luck…see you in the studio. Loola

  3. Dear Deb,
    You have a valuable and unique gift to share with the world. I loved reading about how you knew at an early age that you were an artist and how your life unfolded accordingly. Congratulations for harnessing the energy and focus it requires to bring a vision to life.
    Southampton kids are lucky to have you as a teacher.

    All blessings,
    Jackie Moss

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