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My Bio - or - How I Got to Where I Am, and Where I Am Going!

Born and raised in Lancaster County, Debra's interest in art began at an early age and continued through her school years. But it wasn't until 1987, with the encouragement of her husband, Dean, that Debra seriously pursued a career as an artist. Early in her career she worked in graphite, moved into colored pencil and now devotes all her time to watercolor.

Private lessons with local artists, classes at the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design, and watercolor workshops with Jeanne Dobie and Lynne Yancha have all added remarkable growth and development to her watercolors. Her fascination of dramatic lighting, luminous shadows, and bright color play a major role in her paintings. In all of her work she strives to communicate joy. The joy of color, light, and emotions that come from living in a world created by a loving God.

Believing her talent is a God given gift, Debra puts a cross beside her name.

A Signature Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, (PWCS), and the President of the Lititz Village Art Association (99-02), Debra has exhibited her award-winning work in numerous juried shows including the Longs Park Arts and Crafts Festival (one of the five major juried Arts and Crafts Shows in America). Her paintings are part of the corporate collection of MBNA Bank of America, and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Debra and her husband reside in Lititz, PA, and are the parents of two adult children.