I paint, heat and distress metal squares and then arrange them into eye-catching arrays of kaleidoscopic color, pattern, texture and shine to create what I call metal mosaics. With so many potential variations for each tile, and so many ways to arrange them, the possibilities are endless! The metal mosaics mix copper, cold-rolled steel and stainless steel squares and range in price based on the overall scale of each piece. Each mosaic is one-of-a-kind. To see more, click on the metalwork featured below. And get in touch - you can see my work at the Ten Women Gallery in Santa Monica, CA or arrange a studio visit to collaborate with me on a custom piece that perfectly complements your space.
On each visit to my relatives' home I'd marvel at a beautiful piece of metalwork they'd found overseas. I was so enchanted and inspired by it that over the course of a year I applied my painting background, affinity for hardware stores and love of experimentation with art supplies (and blowtorches) to create this body of work. To make each piece unique and engaging - the kind of artwork you keep returning to look at, noticing something different each time - I constantly experiment with different metals, paints, tools, heating techniques and connective hardware.
Here's what collectors have to say:
"The minute I saw the shimmering colors at the street fair, I knew I needed a mosaic. Meeting Debra and learning her process, then I knew I needed to have her make me one. She visited my house, took notes on what I liked, sifted through tiles from a vast colored collection, and I made one of the great decisions of my life: I ordered my own. Debra was with me every step of the way, inviting me to her studio to review my mosaic and to shift colors and tiles, and e-mailing with pictures and other choices. When I arrived to pick up my mosaic, it was far more grand than I had ever expected. I meant to hang it in my yard, but I replaced a picture in my living room with Debra’s creation. I appreciate it often, daily."— Wendy Fairbanks (Venice, CA)
"I received a piece of Debra's art for my birthday. It is absolutely a one-of-a-kind piece of art. She puts so much time and effort into creating a piece that is personal to you. I could not be more pleased and happy with it. I proudly have it hanging in my living room and get compliments from all who visit." — Mona G. (Mar Vista, CA)
"Debra’s unique artistry captured my eye at the Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice, CA. Her original works are stunning, colorful and elegant. The varying sizes let your mind wander to the many spots in your home where her art would fit beautifully. I met with her in her studio and chose a custom mosaic that literally lights up my dining room." — Eleanor B. (Santa Monica, CA)
To learn more, find out about new work as it's completed — I'm also working on a line of coasters, jewelry and bookmarks— or talk about a bespoke piece, please get in touch! If you're in Southern California, come see my work at the Ten Women Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.