Debby was born in Newport Pagnell, Bucks, in
1954, and has been painting professionally ever since 1978. Entirely self
taught, she works mainly in Watercolour and gouache, intricate paintings are
keenly collected both in the UK and abroad.
In March 1999, Debby was
honored to be elected a member of the Society of Women Artists and was a
council member and Honorary
Secretary for several years.
In March 2000 she was
presented with the Alexander Gallery Award for the most outstanding painting
of the exhibition by the SWA's patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, at
their annual exhibition.
In September 2001, Debby was
elected associate member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters,
Sculptors and Gravers, followed by election to full membership in April
In March 2003, she won the HRH
Princess Michael of Kent Watercolour Award for the 'most Outstanding
Watercolour' at the SWA's 142nd annual exhibition.
In 2005, 2007 and 2008 Debby
has won the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery 'Masters Award' for her miniature
painting at their annual Million Brushstrokes Exhibitions-the largest
exhibition of miniature works in the UK, and she has also exhibited
paintings at the World Miniature Exhibition at the Smithsonian, Washington
in the United States.
At their annual exhibition at
the mall galleries in 2007, The RMS honored Debby with their group award for
the best group of six miniature paintings.
Debby's miniature paintings
are on Calfskin vellum. Traditionally used for manuscripts and works of art
since medieval times, it is still hand prepared using centuries old methods
by W Cowley Parchment works, who have been at the riverside premises in
Newport Pagnell for 150 years.
Since her election to the
Royal Miniature Society, Debby has been exploring new techniques painting on
this expensive and difficult to work with material. The luminosity and
vibrance achieved with Watercolour on vellum is quite remarkable, and not
normally associated with the medium.
Debby also shows paintings
with Chris Beetles Ltd, St James, London, the Southwold Galleries, Suffolk,
FineArt Uk, Ledbury, and B and W Thornton in Stratford Upon Avon.