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Deborah is a Signature Member of both the of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society in addition to being a member of the Olympia Art League. In 2023 she achieved the prestigious honor of Master Circle Status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Deborah's work was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal's "Pastel 100", has been included in numerous shows across the US, and is held in private collections internationally.  She has studied pastels with Doris Jean Colvin and Susan Glendenning and has taken workshops with many pastel artists including Albert Handell, Tony Allain, Teresa Saia, Amanda Houston and Desmond O'Hagan.

"My favorite paintings reflect the feeling of a snap-shot in time, a brief glimpse of something that I’d like to preserve and savor.  Whether plein air landscape or a studio painting of a favorite place, I want my art to not only offer a ‘picture’ of the moment but to also capture the feeling of the experience:  the heat of the sun, the bustle of the street, a gust of breeze or a peaceful stillness.  I appreciate the fact that life is constantly changing,  I hope that I can preserve a few special moments with my art." 

  • IAPS Master Circle status 2023

  • IAPS Juried Gallery Exhibition 2021, 2022

  • IAPS 37th Juried Exhibition Online - 2020, 2022, 2023

  • Pastel Society of the West Coast Signature Status 2022

  • Pastel Society of the West Coast - Pastels USA 2019, 2020, 2022

  • Northwest Pastel Society International Juried show: 2014, 2016-2023

  • Northwest Pastel Society Signature Status 2017

  • Northwest Pastel Society Signature Show - 1st Place - 2020 and 2022, 2nd Place - 2019, President's Award - 2017.

  • Northwest Pastel Society Members Juried Show: 2012-2023. Best In Show - 2023, President's Award - 2016,2021 and 2022, Juror's Award - 2017, 2019, 2020

  • Washington State Fair: 2011 - 2021. First Place Drawing (2019,2021), First Place Miniatures (2021), Second Place Drawing (2016), Fourth Place Drawing (2017,2021),  and Fourth Place (miniatures) (2019,2022), Honorable Mention (2015,2021,2022)

  • Olympia Art League Lakefair Juried Show: 2011-2019, 2023.  Awards include Second Place (2011), Third Place (2023)  Olyphant Award (2013,2023) and ArtHouse Award (2016)

  • Associated Artists of Ocean Shores Art Show:  2011-2015.  Awards include Best of Show, First, Third and People's Choice (2011 Open Show), Honorable Mention (2012 Juried Show)

  • Olympia Arts Walk 2015, 2016

  • Thurston County Fair: numerous awards including Best of Show (2013, 2015) and Best of Class (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016,2018)

Selected Shows and Awards

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