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Debora Stewart

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University of Iowa, 1980, art
Western Illinois University, 1996, counseling

Representing galleries
Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, Artful Home, Madison, Posh Home, LeClaire, Iowa

abstract, contemporary abstract pastels painting modern



My art is always in transition.  It has evolved from representational to an intuitive abstraction of nature.  My relationship to nature is central to my creativity.

I am most inspired by creating work with a gestural, expressive line and intuitive color choice.  My work is not an observational record but contains elements of an emotional experience in nature. 

Pastel is a very natural medium for me.  By nature I am someone who loves to draw.  Pastels have allowed me to combine my love of drawing with painting.  I love the immediacy, vividness and purity of pastels.  My work is created on sanded pastel paper and is later mounted on archival board.  This easily manipulated and forgiving surface allows me to be experimental.  I often begin my work with an intital line of vine charcoal or an under painting of oil paint.  Small sections of previoslu completed line drawings are used as the basis for my paintings.

My ultimate goal is to create a richly textuured pastel painting with beauty and depth that reflects the mystery and spirit of the natural world.

Recent Exhibits

Debora Stewart participated in these exhibits:

May, 2011 Emanation
Abend Gallery
Apr, 2010 Chicago Art Open
River East Art Center
Sep, 2009 Abstraction Invitational
The Robert Wayner / Black Walnut Gallery
Apr, 2009 Art at the Airport
Quad City International Airport
Exhibited at these venues
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