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August Mind of the Artist: Deb Furey

August 1, 2020

I wish I could say that there is some intentional meaning in these pieces however, in much of my work, I am assembling and putting images together in ways that feel right as I go through the process. It is an experience of flow where I am simply reacting to colors, images how they resonate with what is happening in [my] life. None of this is “on purpose” – for me; the most effective work emerges when I don’t think but rather respond. The same goes for choice of color, transparency and texture. I am very fascinated by the random things that occur in the photography/painting/collage process that I can then react to.

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A number of these pieces are grounded in photos that I take of found objects that I assemble. I rarely manipulate the photos digitally - with the exception of changing light and contrast (overall) - and then have them printed in large format. I then collage, paint, write etc. into them with acrylic ultimately using oil as last layers. I continue to paint “traditionally’ as well – portraits and landscapes on occasion. I am currently working on paintings that include super-realistic foundations (e.g., like photos) that I then collage in to.  

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I have been painting since I was a child, studied intensively in high school at summer programs to develop drawing and painting schools and then started at Mass College of Art as a freshman. I quickly found that, while I would continue to paint/work regardless, I wanted to learn more about the world. I changed to a liberal arts education, and at the same time got involved in computer animation and ultimately business strategy consulting. Throughout the years I have painted between kids and work and have started, over the past 2 years, to paint intensively again. I am honored to be part of CHAW and other arts organizations to show work and to play. For more information, please visit

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