Deborah Marsh is a mixed-media artist, illustrator, and painter. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is what you choose to see.”
About the Artist
I see life as an eclectic mass of layers, textures, and colors. The depth and intrinsic details are what makes life’s experience so unique and beautiful. How light and dark reflect off those layers is what brings emotion to the surface and incites me to somehow see more than what is in front me. It’s what keeps me hopeful, interested, and challenged. It’s what keeps me going.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is what you choose to see. “Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it” – Confucius. I choose to see beauty and to provide opportunities to beauty in my work. It’s this philosophy I have on life, and how I see it, that inspires me to create the work I do. This became more of a reality when my mother passed away in 2017. Reminiscing through old photos and her belongings inspired me to start painting with intention and focus, feeling artistically alive again!
With each painting, I incorporate those layers of which I find flawed, yet stunning and unique. When I first rediscovered my art, my subjects were various women, beautiful in their own right; however, as I dive deeper into myself and this experience, my focus has expanded to include various peoples and cultures at-large. I strive to bring out the raw beauty in any of my subjects, no matter how imperfect. My hope is that those inspired by my work will take the time to view the world around them in a similar perspective.
I am a mixed-media artist, illustrator, and painter. Most recent works include the Glitter Gals Series and Inner Child, which are featured at the Vertigo Art Gallery in the heart of the downtown Roosevelt Art district in Phoenix, AZ. I received formal art education from the Atlanta College of Art, in Atlanta, GA. Throughout my art career, I have sold both commission pieces and completed artwork to private, personal collectors.
I was born in Bethesda, MD, and raised in Northern Virginia, and the Washington, D.C. area for the first half of my life, and residing in Gilbert, AZ for the past 20 years. I’m a corporate professional, a vegan chef enthusiast, a self-published recipe book writer, entrepreneur, and family woman.
Atlanta College of Art, High Museum of Art, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, 1982-1983 (Scholarship)
Workshop Program, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Corcoran Gallery, in Washington D.C., 1983
Various art classes and workshops with local established artists, throughout lifetime
Jan 2020 – One of three featured artists, “Girl’s Night” – Celebrating all things women, held at the Vertigo Art Gallery, located in the Roosevelt Art District, in downtown Phoenix.
Feb 2020 – One of several featured artists, “Ambiguous Layers”, held at the Vertigo Art Gallery, located in the Roosevelt Art District, in downtown Phoenix
Jun-Jul 2020 – One of six featured artists, “Inner Child”, Virtual Showing, held by the Vertigo Art Gallery, located in the Roosevelt Art District, in downtown Phoenix (original exhibition was schedule for showing to the public in March 2020. Due to COVID-19 Quarantines, exhibition was postponed, and converted to a virtual presentation)
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