To create my metal mosaics, I paint, torch, enamel, and distress copper and steel squares and then arrange them into eye-catching arrays of kaleidoscopic color, pattern, texture and shine. With so many potential variations for each tile, and so many ways to arrange them, the possibilities are endless. Many of my one-of-a-kind metal mosaics, along with jewelry, bookmarks and cards, are on display at the Ten Women Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Commissions are welcome; please contact me to arrange a studio visit and collaborate on a custom piece that perfectly complements your space.
3"w x 13". TIME FOR A NAP/DANCE PARTY! Bottom tile swivels between "nap" and "dance party!" depending on your mood. Sold at Ten Women Gallery.
In 2017 I joined the Ten Women Gallery on Montana, a wonderful co-op art gallery/gift boutique featuring unique, handcrafted items in a variety of mediums including watercolor, ceramics, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, paper arts, photography and now metal art. It's a lovely spot on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica; please come visit and say hello!
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, enamels, paints, tools, heating techniques and connective hardware.
"I have never thought of myself as an art collector, but when I saw Debra's metal mosaics I was so transfixed, I realized that I wanted to have my very own piece to hang on my wall for inspiration and a sense of calm every day. Though the mosaic is created with a strong, flat, hard substance, its ability to express light, tranquility, beauty and airiness is amazing. Debra is a true artist who can bring together different mediums to create harmonious pieces that feel completely natural and pure." - Carrie Berman (Santa Monica, CA)
"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)