About Deborah Abbott

I grew up on a farm in Ohio. At an early age of five I decided I was going to be an artist. My kindergarten art teacher was wonderful and wanted to be just like her. I graduated high school and went to college at Anderson University in Anderson Indiana and obtained by BA in Art in 1989. I have lived and taught art in the midwest for 21 years and 5 years in Colorado. I completed a MA in art in 1996 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I have been an Adjunct faculty of Art  and Curriculum writer at Indiana Wesleyan University from 1998 till 2015. I majored in printmaking in undergraduate school and ceramics and metalsmithing in graduate school. I came to find my niche in mixed media sculpture and painting after a short stint with glass fusing. It has seemed to fit into my life situation over the years with four children and two-stepchildren. I relocated to Colorado five years ago because of my husband’s job transfer back to his childhood home. We are enjoying being back home with family and my work brings midwest culture, the rocky mountains and my constant obsession with up-cycling together.

Artist’s Statement

My work centers around the function of a clock with the re-used materials that just seem to just show up in my studio as if they were beckoned there. Growing up on a farm caused me to value the functional, but I very much entertained by whimsy and play which I think comes from being an Art Educator for twenty seven years.  Each work that I do conveys a meaning around the the link between the past (vintage photos from my grandmother) and the present (plastic and discarded technology of the day). I am open to commission work with a box of the contents of a client’s junk drawer and some preferred color swatches. My current work is in the range of 5” to 10” tall but I have work that are mixed media painting that are up to 8’ in length.