Debbie’s work has evolved as a result of her graphic design training combined with her love of painting and drawing. As a child, she always enjoyed artwork and was in constant need of art supplies. She studied classical painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There she began a love affair with oil paints. Debbie loves the smell and the way they move around the canvas. She also works in pencil, pastels and acrylics.
She studied fine arts at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She changed her course to graphic design believing the digital skills she would acquire would help her career, while her fine arts knowledge would enhance her graphic work.
She painted solely in oils but quickly realized the benefit of fast drying acrylics. At the same time, the shabby chic decor movement was in full swing. She began experimenting with acrylics on plywood. Debbie loves the way the plywood responds to the acrylic paint and the texture of the wood is revealed. It also lends itself well to the vintage and aged looks that are desirable now. She loves texture in her work and uses mediums on canvas as well to create the same dramatic affect.
Debbie began working for AD-Lines, Eurogroup in 2004 and quickly started having success. Her "Words to Live By" series was picked up by a number of large retailers, including Bed, Bath and Beyond, Homegoods, and Linens & Things and broke many publishing records.
Debbie also creates faux paintings and murals for private homes and businesses. She has been able to bring many of those techniques to her work for the home decor market.