“Each painting originates without a pre-conceived idea. Surface texture is the foundation for its development. As the work develops, I search for the image to emerge and make itself known.”
From: Massachusetts | Medium: Mixed-media paintings
Debra Corbett is a native of New Jersey, but has lived in New England for more than 25 years. She lives in the town of Melrose: a community less than 10 miles from Boston; to access all its culture is an easy trip. Her husband’s name is Tim. She is one of the fortunate ones to have a supportive spouse who has always recognized her need to be creative and to be in the arts. She has 2 adult children: Molly living in Chicago, and Neal living in downtown Boston.
She maintains an active home studio, where she spends anywhere from 4 to 6 hours daily, if possible. Corbett says, “the abstract work requires a space that allows me to explore different materials, often creating a mess yet always focused on the result”. She is comforted by an array of paints, brushes, glazes, varnish, tools, plaster, and so on. The direction a piece is going is not always clear in the beginning, but the process of developing a satisfactory tactile surface is what excites her. These pieces are emotional responses to nature and travels she has taken, and certainly the resulting work is from the heart.
“Each painting originates without a pre-conceived idea. Surface texture is the foundation for it’s development. As the work develops, I search for the image to emerge and make itself known. Plaster, paint and various glaze mediums are layered, subtracted and manipulated using various tools. The finished result gives the viewer a unique surface that has a rich, almost sculptural feel. My work is all about surface. Although abstract in nature I strive for some order and balance among with spontaneous composition. I want there to be some sense of mystery to the painting. I hope that you, the viewer, have a true emotional response to the work. I invite you to linger awhile and discover new imagery, meaning and joy every time you look at it.”
- Cultural Council, 3 grants for public art projects, 1993-1995
- South Shore Art Association: Award of Merit for Mixed Media, 2010
- Newburyport Art Association: Patterson Hale award, 2005
Collection & Exhibits
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Donnelon, Donnelon & Miller, law firm, Cincinnati, OH
- Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
- Melrose Wakefiled Hospital and Melrose Wakefield Library, MA