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Art & Life with Deborah Harold

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deborah Harold.

Deborah, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
20 plus years ago I wandered into a gallery workshop where the resident artist asked me to join them in a class. Never having held a brush I was instructed by Marilyn Poliquin at Cannery Paints to look for the light and paint what I see.

I immediately felt it was something I could embrace and over the years I’ve taken classes from numerous renowned artists, participated in juried shows, won awards and had several of my own exhibits. All which has helped me develop my own style. I feel now that I am painting for myself and loving the process more than ever. I paint full-time in my tree house studio, and not a day goes by that I don’t feel forever grateful. I still enjoy time with the Cannery Painters in Newport.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Using oils on canvas or wood, my work is influenced by the beauty of California. The landscape and ocean are a continual inspiration as my studio is on a canyon with a view of the ocean; it’s like a tree house. Painting loose shapes while describing the light and shadows, allows me to celebrate color and the varying emotions attached to it.

With little attention to accuracy, the creative process takes me to a place of absolute focus and intention. Perfection is not what I’m after but rather an imperfect style that I feel is more pleasing. My subjects cover a range from quiet figures to a rush of energy in my landscapes and still life’s, that are not so still! Painting is my passion, and with a daily discipline of time at the easel, I lose myself and hope that people want to lose themselves in the composition of shapes and color.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
The biggest challenge facing artists today is the question of how to sell your art. The internet is very helpful in getting yourself out there, but people rarely buy an art work without first seeing it. Art needs to speak to you, move you and make you feel something.

To be noticed means you must stand out, develop your own style and then find galleries and social media that reaches a broad group. All this is trial and error, gaining a following takes years and constant exposure on the internet, in public places and ideally in galleries that promote your work.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is available at the following galleries/ shops;

American Art Gallery, Carmel, California
Chemers Gallery, Tustin, California
Simple Laguna, Laguna Beach, California
503 found Newport Beach, California
Found on Main, Park City, Utah

My studio in Corona Del Mar, California

Contact Info:

  • Address: 520 Seaward Rd Corona Del Mar California 92625
  • Website: http://www.deborahharold.com
  • Phone: 714 349-6214
  • Email: ddeanh@hotmail.com
  • Instagram: deborah_harold_ studio

Image Credit:
Deborah Harold Fine Art

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