I have been sketching and painting since high school, but put art aside while I raised a family, worked and owned and ran two bed and breakfasts. While in Alaska in 2008 I saw some native birch bark items and became interested in creating some pieces of my own to put in my home in Michigan. I started making vases, bowls, berry baskets and trinket boxes from birch bark and soon decided to use my scrap bark to make hand bound journals. More recently I renewed my interest in painting both to enhance the fronts of my journals and to create paintings. I enjoy blending painting of nature subjects with my interest in birch bark and other natural elements, such as stone, moss, wood, pine cones, acorns, etc. My art work can be found in Ausable Artisan Village, Grayling and Ward & Eis Gallery in Petoskey. In September 2020 I was in the top three artists in the public-voted Art Explosion contest in Grayling, which hosted 125-130 artists from across the state, country and some international talent. All the ‘past work’ shone below were made with birch bark.
Deborah's ArtPrize Entries
These are Deborah's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Deborah's Past Work
These are images of past work that Deborah has done.