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Deborah Howland-Murray

pastel, graphite

 

Member profile details

Membership level
Board
First name
Deborah
Last name
Howland-Murray
Phone
203-981-1400
Primary Medium
pastel, graphite
 

Personal information

CSOPA Position
CSOPA Co-Chair
 

Contact data

Address
39 Cross Highway
City
Westport
Postal code
06880
State
CT
 

Artist Information

Studio Location and Commission Geog...
39 Cross Highway, Westport, CT
Sample Artwork Image 1
Sample Artwork Image 2
Artist Statement/Biography (optiona...
When I was younger, I used to believe that my work needed to be clever and conceptual. However, my experience studying illustration and drawing at the School of Visual Arts taught me to know that which makes the visual image exciting to me and draws from me images that are themselves exciting. I am in love with the animate, round forms of living beings. Personalities fascinate me, and the mysterious process by which the essence of an individual is translated into a drawing seems to be active in my work. I love capturing two-legged and four-legged subjects in random, yet typical moments – moments in which they are being their unguarded, emotional selves. The simplicity of dry media - graphite, colored pencil and pastel - lend themselves to the simplicity of statement for which I strive in my work. I feel I have been successful when the outcome is a drawing that is minimally posed and has a substantially informal feel, with nothing to interfere with the viewer’s emotional reaction to the individual portrayed.
 

Membership Information

Portrait Society of America Member
No
Recent CSOPA Exhibitions
  • New Item
  • New Item
  • Faces of Winter 2012
  • Faces of Spring 2011
  • Faces of Winter 2010
 

Additional information

Directory listing text
When I was younger, I used to believe that my work needed to be clever and conceptual. However, my experience studying illustration and drawing at the School of Visual Arts taught me to know that which makes the visual image exciting to me and draws from me images that are themselves exciting. I am in love with the animate, round forms of living beings. Personalities fascinate me, and the mysterious process by which the essence of an individual is translated into a drawing seems to be active in my work. I love capturing two-legged and four-legged subjects in random, yet typical moments – moments in which they are being their unguarded, emotional selves. The simplicity of dry media - graphite, colored pencil and pastel - lend themselves to the simplicity of statement for which I strive in my work. I feel I have been successful when the outcome is a drawing that is minimally posed and has a substantially informal feel, with nothing to interfere with the viewer’s emotional reaction to the individual portrayed.
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