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Located in The Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago, my studio is a place of quiet and peaceful exploration. Entering this historic haven for visual artists, musicians, theater and dance is like walking into a well loved home and I pinch myself daily for the opportunity to work in such an inspirational environment. All are welcome to attend monthly Second Fridays Open Studio events-See more: http://www.debralepage.com or http://www.fineartsbuildingstudios.com
Watercolor has been my medium of choice for the last 14 years. The unpredictable way the pigments mix on the paper make the process one of exploration and often, surprise. Though I enjoy a wide range of subject matter, recent work has tended toward the abstract upon discovering a material named “Yupo” . It's slick surface has changed my approach completely. Yupo is “earth friendly,” a tree and pulp free synthetic paper made of 100% recyclable materials and is perfect for flexibility in both laying down and lifting of pigments.
In progress, is the “Ebb and Flow” Series on Yupo. It involves exploration of the flow of water to form organic images, shapes and textures with an evolutionary theme in mind. As in the natural world, water is the key element. The ebb and flow of the tides, patterns shared in nature and the human body are most intriguing and speak to the rhythm of life.
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous...”
Illinois Watercolor Society http://www.illinoiswatercolorsociety.org
Chicago Artists Coalition http://www.caconline.org
Fine Arts Building Studios http://www.fineartsbuildingstudios.com
Fine Arts Building Collective Annual Members’ Show, Second Floor Gallery, FAB October 8-December 31, 2010
Illinois Watercolor Society Annual Members’ Show, American Academy of Art, October 2-30, 2010
Illinois Watercolor Society “Small Waters” a national juried exhibition, EAG, August 2010
Governors State University “Brainstorm” a national juried exhibition, GSU, June 2010
IWS Award of Excellence, 26th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, May 2010, The Next Picture Show
Inspiration Corporation “One Inspired Evening, Moving Forward” ” juried art auction, March 2010
The Fine Arts Building group exhibition “Love Works- A Valentine State of Mind” Feb. 2010
Honor Finalist Outstanding Abstract FineArtViews online competition for “Fragile” and “Light” Nov. 2009, March 2010 respectively
The Fine Arts Building Annual Members Show, Second Floor Gallery October 2009
The Illinois Watercolor Society Annual Members Show, American Academy of Art Oct. 2009
The Black Walnut Robert Wayner Gallery Group exhibition “Closure” August 2009
“Chicago-City and Shore” group exhibition Second Floor Gallery, Fine Arts Building August 2009
“Multiplicity” Union Street Gallery, a national juried exhibition, March 2009