After receiving her BFA in 1978, Deborah painted for a few years before taking a 35 year hiatus during which time she primarily worked as a mom and community, social and political activist focusing on public education and LGBTQ issues. In 2015, she returned to the studio and began to reconnect with her creative energy through mixed media collage. Her interest in layers and translucency lead her to take an adult education course in encaustic painting. For the past year she has been working exclusively in encaustic, taking classes, and working daily in her home studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“I am interested in building and scraping back layers to control how much is revealed. This process enables me to tap into my most primal feelings, capturing turmoil and exuberance beneath a protective polished surface.”


Washington University, BFA, Majors in Painting and Printmaking


Atlantic Gallery, Hopeful Darkness, New York, NY, juror Ingrid Dinter, 2017

CAA BLUE, Juror’s Choice Award, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA, juror Vera Ingrid Grant, 2017

CAA Emerging Artists, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA, jurors Jenny Brown, Caleb Cole, Lavaughan Jenkins, Brittany Marcoux and Stephanie Vovas, 2017

Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2017

The Creative Process, New Art Center, Newton, MA, 2017

Cambridge Open Studios, The Atrium at Technology Square, Cambridge, MA, 2017

Cambridge Art Association Showcase, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 2017

Miniatures, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA juror Marni Katz, 2017

In Flawed Abundance, New Art Center, Newton, MA, juror Miles Conrad, 2017

The Portrait Show, Jo Hay Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2016