Nine Patch Series
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from UT/Austin in 1990, and while being a stay at home mom, Debra began a cottage industry called Painted Papers.
She hand painted sheets of gift wrap/design paper and the work was eventually accepted in the Austin and Dallas Museum of Art gift shops.
"The "Grasses” series expresses my love of these under valued stems and they became my focus. My Northeast Texas upbringing has set a deep love of the outdoors and nature running in me. It was these early appreciations which led me to identify the roadside grasses as something of great beauty. Standing still or blowing in the breeze in one direction then another, their moving about is like waves. On some days the drops of sun can create a dance of sparkling light."
"I’m looking forward to a larger studio spaces for further exploration of repurposed signboards as backgrounds for my artistic practice - partly because signs take me back to a childhood of following my sign-painting father around and watching billboards being hand painted."
"My illustrations have also been featured in print, and my fabric art is permanently installed as of 2014 at The Hite Institute of Art."
"All of these paintings are of subjects in my neighborhood which is the River Place subdivision of Austin."
"I have always just wanted to make art, and I have been lucky enough to be able to do that most of my life."
"I am inspired by the world I live in and the people I know, and occasionally by places I am just passing through and people I don’t know."
"I made art for computer games. In 2003 I moved to Austin to work with another game company. I have been painting full time for the last 5 years. I am currently teaching at the Cordovan Art School at several locations around Austin."
Portraits and Landscapes
Tim has had a deep interest in art since childhood.