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Deborah Kommalan

Deborah Kommalan


Artist Work

Tea for Two
Light Reading
11" x 14"
London Bridge...
11" x 14"
Tea Ball and Reflections
Oil on panel
5" x 5"
Pomegranate with Seeds
Oil on panel
5" x 5"
President Street Parking
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"

Artist Information

Anne Arundel County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I truly enjoy painting photo-realist still lifes with a strong leaning to tenebrism. I am most intrigued by the manipulation of shadows which place objects within the space. By painting ordinary things in our lives, I can draw your attention to them so you really see them. I also like to paint parking signs at garages. These are things which were designed with care and posted to inform us. We generally pay them no heed until we need them. Again, I paint them so you will take a closer look.

Artist Bio

Deborah was born in Baltimore. She graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in 1970, with a diploma in Graphic Design. She studied basic painting as part of the freshman foundation courses, but never pursued it.

After a forty-year hiatus she enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College where she studied painting for seven years, including three years with Leonard Koscianski and one year with Lillian Bayley Hoover. She has also studied with Anthony Waichulis at Ani Academy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

She has received two first place awards in shows at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD, as well as the Caruso award for still life. She has shown also at BWI Airport, University of Maryland Medical Center, Anne Arundel Medical Center, the Bernice Kish Gallery, and Quiet Waters Park among other venues. In 2013 and again in 2014, she took first place at the UMMC show, which is associated with the National Arts Program. She received the Peoples Choice award at the Overlea ArtsFest in 2016.

She has studied some of the great Masters by copying paintings in the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D. C. She paints in a variety of styles while she searches for her own direction. Her preferred medium is oil. 

She prefers painting photo-realist still lifes with a strong leaning to tenebrism, and she paints parking signs, which are two very different subjects. But in both of these she invites you to take an intimate look at everyday objects.

She is represented by McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, and she is a member of the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD.