“Every June since I’ve lived along the Delaware River in Narrowsburg, NY, Mrs. Snapping Turtle has been laying her eggs in the same spot. Have yet to see any hatchlings but am delighted when she arrives. It takes her a few hours of digging, laying and then covering the nest. I’ve written more about her and the experiences of waiting for the baby turtles in this blog post.”
Nature entrances me. The harmony and patterns, symmetry, geometry, vibrant and soothing colors, the protective camoflage for flora and fauna, healing energies, medicinal properties, the intricate beauty…
Everything on our planet shares a core energy, a vital life force that animates and supports all growth and renewal. In nature, when this energy is balanced and uninhibited by human interference, the flow is smooth, perfection exists. When I am truly in touch with nature, the feelings I experience are incredibly magical, full of wonder and joy!
My art is about the experiences I have with nature. It’s my voice to share these stories and expand the awareness of our incredibly awesome and beneficent planet… our Mother Earth.
This mixed media art – for the DVAA’s Annual Riverfest Poster Auction in Narrowsburg, NY, was totally inspired by Mrs. Snapping Turtle and her annual visit to lay eggs along the Delaware River.
PATTERNS . DESIGNS . ART
One of the original models for Debra’s Mantis Hearts pattern!
NATURE AND PLANT SPIRIT IMAGES
I was first aware of Nature Spirits as a child playing in the woods and streams of my family home in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Then, in the early 70’s I read about the existence of nature spirits at the Findhorn Garden in Scotland. Fascinated by this story of miraculous transformation, I began to experiment with communicating with the plant devas while gardening and hiking in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. I read voraciously and learned that nature spirits have existed throughout time in almost every culture around the world.
You can see many of my early
‘Plant Spirit’ images HERE.
Most of my art is created using a combination of photography, traditional and digital painting. I enhance and subdue the balance of light, contrast and colors to work an image into the most authentic expression of my experience.
INSPIRED BY NATURE
This is a detail of a nature pattern that was created for Debra’s handbags. It was inspired by the praying mantis family that hatched and entertained the artist and her daughter for an entire summer in their Kingston, NY home.
ART IN BLOOM 2016
Delaware Valley Arts Association
floral artists interpretretations of visual art
I’ve been entranced by the Delaware River and in particular, the giant rock cliffs and walls that guide and guard this major body of fresh water that is home to all kinds of creatures. I began to see the totem figures in the rock formations after living here and photographing the same view more than a thousand times. The shapes and shadows change rapidly throughout the day depending on the angle of the sun, cloud formations, and the velocity and direction of the wind. As I’ve looked back over the images that I took before I was seeing these powerful totems, I knew they have always been there. These are the guardians of the river.
Cecile Lamay’s incredible floral interpretation of Debra’s Rock Totem canvas.
Resumé & A Few Favorite Creative Projects
GALLERY NUMBER NINE (Debra curates and represents contemporary artists here)
Cortese Design Bags (a former passion, yet it may be revived!)
Hurricane Gnome project (creating art after Hurricane Ivan in Miami)
Art for the Animals from the Children project
(so many strays, what else could we do but promote humane animal practices by creating art)