Debra Corbett

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.

 Artist: Debra Corbett

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.

  • 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
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Donnelon, Donnelon & Miller, law firm, Cincinnati, OH
  • Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
  • Melrose Wakefiled Hospital and Melrose Wakefield Library, MA

“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.”

Debra Corbett