Art is meant to bring forth an emotional response and nature is my inspiration. With my mosaics I want to duplicate the sensation one feels seeing a beautiful sunset, or that smell of a pine forest. Each mosaic is an artistic inspiration and no two are alike in the amount of time it takes to create. Hundreds of hours can go into creating each mosaic, some are a struggle and others seem to just build themselves. Using glass, stone, nippers, hammer and hardi (chisel), I paint with glass, laying in each color to create an image. My work is a combination of modern and ancient materials and tools. I am dedicated to preserving the tradition of mosaic art, along with the techniques and materials used in the past. One must study and remember the past to be informed for the future.
Debra was born and raised in the upper Midwest and currently lives in Austin, MN. She has a BFA in Studio Art with a painting emphasis from UW-Stout. Although she has used many mediums for her creative process, her favorite is glass. She has studied with master mosaicists world-wide. Her mosaic art is featured in multiple local, regional and national exhibitions, and is in several permanent collections, including Stanford University, Penn State, Health Partners, Mayo Health System and Marshfield Clinic. Other accomplishments include, past recipient of a SEMAC Grant, recently a Creative Support for Individuals Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and awarded an artist residency in Ireland. She continues to expand her knowledge and experience with the art of mosaic.