Deborah studied at Chelsea School of Art from 1974 -78 leaving with a BA Fine Art Hons followed by a three year post graduate course at the National Film School. After leaving college she worked for 15 or so years as a designer in the British film and television industry. Wanting to be more home-based to spend time with her daughter, she transferred her design skills to gardens, working as a garden designer until moving to Hay 5 years ago. Now with more free time she has been able to return to her first love - painting!
Deborah created the diptych as a commission having read the poems of David Raikes. She says “One evening I sat quietly and read the poems - despite being such a young man, and having no time to fine tune his work, I was deeply moved. I took myself off to bed. At four in the morning I woke, David Raikes words in my head...
I was compelled to get up, go downstairs and sketch out a rough. I knew then that I had to make this painting.”
The painting became a diptych, 2 panels each 170 x 70 cm and is primarily a response to the poem Let It Be Hushed. It is mixed media with collage elements including extracts from the poem, bits of the Western Daily Mail dated 21 April 1945 and a photograph of the four young men who are David Raikes aged 29, David Perkins aged 20, Alexander Bostock aged 20 and John Hunt aged 21.
For Deborah the painting is not only a homage to David Raikes and his crew, but a heartfelt homage to all young men that die prematurely, whatever the circumstances.
The diptych is for sale for £1,500. Please enquire by email or by phone.
Deborah's wall hung charcoal drawings are entitled Icarus Angel I – IV. The mythological Icarus fell from the sky having flown too close to the sun.