Artist StatementMy primary focus is always on composition: combining shape, line, value, and color to draw the viewer into and around the picture plane, creating the illusion of three dimensional space in my representational works or a pleasing arrangement of patterns and motifs in my abstract works. I never have a “message”: I create art for the challenges inherent in the process, for the satisfaction of learning to master the materials, for the fun of occasional happy accidents, and mainly for the sheer visual and physical joy of it, seeking to share with the viewer the beauty I find in the world all around me, in forms both natural and man-made.
Ellicott City artist Deborah Maklowski works in a variety of media and genres, including impressionist plein air landscapes in pastel, representational drawings in ink and colored pencil, and abstracts in colored pencil, acrylic and mixed media. After studying drawing and painting as a teenager with private instructors, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a past president and signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society, a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (serving on the CPSA national governing board as Product Research Director), a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington D.C., and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. Her award-winning work has been juried into numerous national and regional exhibitions and plein air competitions and is included in private collections across the U.S. Her work is also included in “Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing,” published by North Light Books in 2007. Deborah is represented by the Horse Spirit Arts Gallery in Ellicott City, MD.