Oil painting of bougainvillea growing up over a fence

On the Fence
Oil on panel
8 x 10 in.
Available through the artist: www.deborahnewmanfineart.com

Deborah Newman: While driving around Alameda looking for a subject to paint during the Frank Bette Plein Air Event, I glanced down an alley behind McDonalds, and saw this beautiful bougainvillea draped over a fence. It radiated color and warmth. What spoke to me was the simplicity of the subject, the lighting, and the eye-popping color. I set up in the alley and created this painting, which won the Frank Bette Award.

I like to use an unfettered, painterly style when I approach a subject. I’m constantly striving to bring contrast and color to my paintings, while keeping the subject matter loose and impressionistic.

From a young age, I had a deep appreciation for the natural landscape. I think this came from hours spent hiking and riding my horse around Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Headland. When I decided to start painting, of course I chose plein air.

My career background was in graphic design and art direction. I worked for years at Saatchi and Saatchi in San Francisco after graduating from Art Center College of Design.

My husband and I moved to Henderson, Nevada in 1993 for his work, and we’re still here. I began painting as a creative outlet, which led to studying with Kevin Macpherson, Scott Christensen, Matt Smith, and Randy Sexton. Even though I’ve lived in the desert for twenty-eight years, I’m always drawn back to the California coast because of its incredible beauty, coolness, and deep-seated spot in my soul.

To see more of my work and to sign up for my newsletter, please go to my website: www.deborahnewmanfineart.com

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The Salmagundi Club
Oil Painters of America
California Art Club
Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn
American Impressionist Society
American Women Artists

Gallery Representation:
Mary Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC
Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra, FL