Deborah Whitt born in 1975 raised in the small desert town of Twentynine Palms California. She studied the human form at a very early age. Self motivated and creative by nature, Deb is a self taught portrait artist. Although Deb has used various mediums, most of her work is in Charcoal or Oil.
Currently a member of the Las Vegas Artist Guild, Deb's art has shown around the Vegas art community in group shows. Her “Girl in the Clouds” received 3rd place in 2021. Deborah's recent solo show, "The Life Works of Deborah Whitt" displayed 29 years of original artwork. Deborah now works out of her Vegas studio. Currently she is working on her pieces inspired by her love of traditional and vintage people. She was inspired by her American travels to desolate places in 2020 during the pandemic. She is now working on her portraits with with more narrative.
Words from the Artist....
"For 29 years I’ve studied the human figure in Charcoal, and oil. I enjoy the rough texture of charcoal on sandpaper, and the flow of oils when I need a more softer feel.”
Where it all started….
"Here I am in 3rd grade drawing girls in dresses one day, then drawing skulls the next. Going from beautiful things, to rough and gritty. I am a lover of black and white. I love how I can focus on details and hard plays of light and shadow, without the distraction of color."
"Currently you can find me in my studio. The desert inspires my portrait ideas, as well as sets a great illustrative narration for my subjects. Then when I’m felling like I want to portray one of my rugged characters, I love switching to my Charcoal. The Sandpaper lends itself as a great surface to make a loose rough texture for my vintage characters. I love painting the light and shadow of the desert. Or any hard light for that matter. This adds so much depth to my art, and I find it a great contrast within my pieces."
-Drawing since 1983
-Artist Exhibition Bread Pan Art Holsum Design Center Las Vegas Art District
- “Solo Artist Exhibition” and Art Teacher 2006 Art and Coffee 2006
-Photography Studies Digital Art 2010
-Owner of Rose & Bee Photography 2014-2022
-Group Show LVAG 2019
-Artist AW Gallery 2020
-3rd Place “Girl In the Clouds” LVAG Juried Show/Time Machine Exhibition
-Solo Show “The Life Works of Deborah Whitt 1994-2023
ART SQUARE April 2023