My surroundings, beliefs and experiences have influenced my artwork, and it is important to expand and expound on all of these. The more I paint, the more I enjoy this journey of exploration. I create artwork because it brings me joy. Nature inspires me. Experimenting with new medium, styles or technique is rewarding. Using a variety of expressive, interesting, and bold colors and textures are exciting challenges for me. Art is a multilayered experience with many perspectives. Personally, I want to create while seeing similarities and embracing differences. The visual experience of music, nature and positive energy have always been important parts of my creative process. Hopefully, my visual interpretations will relate to the viewer with the joy I had in creating each piece of artwork.
Deborah Lightfield moved to Florida after retiring from two careers – twenty years in the jewelry industry and twenty years as an art teacher.
She earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from James Madison University in Virginia and Gemologist Certification from the Gemological Institute of America, California.
Throughout her career, she has created artwork that has been displayed and sold in many galleries and art shows.
Deborah has lived in Virginia, New York, California, Illinois, South Carolina, and North Carolina. She worked on Princess Cruises for two years. Her career and interests have taken her on travels around the world.
Deborah has created a new technique called Ocean Wash which involves the ocean directly.
Fun fact: Deborah is related to James McNeil Whistler
On the first Friday of every month, galleries open their doors from 5-9pm, offering new art exhibits and lively receptions to the public.