After studying Graphic Design/Illustration at Cardiff College of Art & Design, Wales Debbie moved to Leicester and worked for five years in the design/illustration profession. In 1990 she joined the University of Leicester, as an Archaeological Illustrator, supporting academic staff’s research publications/projects, teaching archaeological illustration to university students and the wider community. Debbie has had work published in numerous academic books, journals, papers, popular archaeology magazines, and has appeared on British (Channel 4’s Time Team), and German television, and has worked on sites in Britain, Austria, Italy, Greece, Israel.
" I enjoy creating visual representations of the past, these allow the general public to gain an understanding of their heritage. Through my work, I create permanent records of artefacts, sites and buildings which otherwise would be lost forever."
Having produced technical illustrations in pen, ink and digital illustration, and reconstructions of archaeological sites/activities in watercolour, Debbie now feels the need to expand and widen her artistic styles and experiences, to “loosen” up and create landscapes, and life drawing work in a more contemporary style.
Debbie also enjoys looking at textures and colours especially rust and peeling paint ,
“It sounds odd but visually make excellent subject matter with amazing colours – this is an avenue I particularly wish to explore and develop through both painting and photography, another medium I find satisfying to work with”.
She has exhibited with the Association of Archaeological Illustrators & Surveyors in the Charnwood Museum, Leicestershire, Universities of Leicester and York.
Currently Debbie has four paintings in The Eye Exhibition Project – Intersections II: Light & Dark, Old Library Galleries, Leicester and three archaeological reconstruction paintings with a UNESCO funded archaeology outreach exhibition in Morocco, later to travel across North Africa.
Other societies & associations:
Association of Archaeological Illustrators & Surveyors
Involuntary Painting Group