For the love of water
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Deborah Newman lives in the desert of Nevada, but her heart is on the coast of Northern California. The artist grew up in southern Marin County and spent her youth exploring nature and expressing herself visually by drawing on whatever she could. Newman earned a fine-art degree from the University of Oregon and a graphic-design degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She then worked as a graphic designer for Saatchi & Saatchi advertising in San Francisco for 15 years, until she moved to Nevada with her husband and began to paint the coastal scenes of her youth. “The desert is absolutely beautiful, but I’m a coastal gal, and I started painting to see the beauty of the Bay Area [again]—especially the water,” she says. “That’s what started it about 20 years ago, and then I just kept painting.”
Newman paints en plein air during family visits in California and makes plenty of photos and sketches of scenes for work she completes in her Nevada studio. Her oil paintings evoke movement and emotion through painterly brush stokes and by capturing a moment in time—giving the viewer just enough detail—creating anticipation for what may happen next. Whether she’s painting coastal scenes or figures, Newman wants viewers to discover things for themselves. “I like to explore paintings, and I’m trying to convey a bit of the abstract [in my works] to let the viewer figure things out themselves.” —Joe Kovack
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