Deborah’s interest in painting and photography began over thirty years ago when she purchased her first camera with a high school art scholarship. At that time, she felt torn between art school and a life of traveling and working adventures. With no regrets, she chose the latter and took her camera. Deborah spent over 15 years in content, nomadic lifestyle, primarily working as an outdoor educator and wilderness expedition leader, traveling domestically and abroad. In due time, she earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In late 2012, along with her husband, fulfilled a lifelong dream to live in the mountains and relocated from the Land of 10,000 Lakes of Minnesota to the stunning and arid Four Corners region. As an active outdoor enthusiast, wilderness traveler, educator, athlete, and arts advocate, she is delighted to call Durango, CO her new home. In addition to photography, she has revisited her affection for painting & drawing. She has been awarded several grants and scholarships to further exploration of the medium. “I find that pastel painting, through its organic and tactile methods, inspires me to convey a deep connection to the essence of my subject. I want others to feel the depth of their passion and aliveness when they experience my art.”