DC area artist, Deborah Walmer, manipulates and layers bold colors of oil paints her own version of cubism. Her paintings have been described as paper unfolded or stained glass. You can see the influence of Picasso, Braque, Dali, and Kahlo in her paintings. In addition, she has recently expanded into Abstract works. These abstract paintings are a mix of textures which include oil paint, oilstik, acrylic, paper, fabric, and found objects, woven together with the techniques of the cubism genre. Deborah is the Communications Chair and Exhibitions Co-chair for Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, DC, and on the Communications Team for the National Women’s Caucus for Art. She is also a member of the Montgomery Artists Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and Graphic Design from Mount Vernon College (now George Washington University) in Washington, DC. She resides in Germantown, MD with her two teenage children.
I grew up in the Philadelphia, PA area and majored in Fine Art at Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC. Although I am a Philly girl, I consider myself a Washingtonian since I have lived in the DC area for over 27 years.
I started drawing at 1 ½ years old. Unfortunately, I drew all over my aunt's door during a sleepover. That was my last sleepover at her house.
After college, I only created sparingly. I was uninspired. After the ending of my 14-year marriage in 2016, I realized that something was missing. I needed to paint. I now know I cannot go a day without being creative. Art completes me as well as made me fall in love with myself. I have been anti-racist since my college days and recently was placed on the Racial and Social Justice Initiative Core Team at DAI where I work as an IT professional.
I am fortunate to live in an area of Maryland where there are many Hiking trails. I find solace running through the forest alongside woodland creatures and a flowing creek. When I am on the trail, I am transported to another wilderness far away. In my trail series, some of which are en Plein air, I capture trails in Maryland and also Virginia. In Nature, I feel connected to the earth and my creativity flows like the creek that runs along the path.
I would say my paintings have been described as fractured glass or mosiac-like in quality. I am influenced by Picasso, Braque, Dali, and Kahlo.
My work focuses on abstracts of landscapes, portraits, and figurative paintings. I use a mixture of textures, including oil paint, oilstik, cold wax, fabric, paper, and found objects woven together. My process starts with a feeling, emotion, or notion. These thoughts are written as words on the canvas as a base and then paint is applied in an intuitive manner where colors are chosen and melded together.
I want the viewer of my art to connect with it in a personal way. My intention is inconsequential if they have been moved by the particular story it creates for them.