Deborah Elmquist, Classical-Realism, oil painter, is an experienced and award winning artist. Still, she is always learning new techniques, adding to her knowledge as an artist, and working to bring her art and skills to the next higher level.
She began her formal study of fine art early in her life while attending Orlando Junior College with then Professor Ralph L. Bagley (a long time Winter Park, FL resident, artist, and teacher), but she cannot remember a time in her life when she did not draw and paint, and working to become the artist that she is today.
Deborah received a Fine Art degree from Orlando Junior College, a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of South Florida, a Masters degree from Rollins College (Winter Park, FL), and her Doctorate degree from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).
Deborah's work emphasizes the same underlying concepts of painting that has guided master artists for more than 500 years. Following in the traditions of Rembrandt, da Vinci, and Vermeer her use of transparent and semi-transparent glazes allows light to pass through the painted surface of the canvas producing luminosity and depth that is not possible to achieve in the direct, opaque method. She paints with both the Sfumato and Chiaroscuro styles with skill and talent. Although Deborah specializes in the still life and portrait, she also draws and paints the landscape.
When describing her paintings, Deborah explains, "The focus of my work is strong light and shadow shapes that create drama for the viewer. My backgrounds are varied in tone and detail with attention to foreground design, and the use of negative space. I work to convey a special mood, thought, or feeling related to my subject matter. Ultimately, my goal is to create a painting that is meaningful for the viewer, beautiful to see, but still communicates what inspired me to paint in the first place. My works are narrative and emotional in nature, and at the same time classical in composition, design, and painting technique."
Deborah's knowledge and application of technical skill and her use of color and line elicit pleasure and interest in the eyes of both the novice and cultivated viewer/collector. Collectors both national and international hold her works of fine art Classical-Realism. Her works are held by Volusia County Art in Public Places, and by the Museum of Art and Science of Daytona Beach for their permanent and loan collection.
She is a fulltime painter and teacher of Classical-Realism with her own Atelier Soulworks in addition to her working with the Art League of Daytona Beach. Deborah has studied with noted artist including Greg Kruetz, Joshua Fallik, and Michael Siegel. She has also worked with noted artist Susan Lyon, Jacob Collins, and Sherrie McGraw. She is an associate member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), an active member of Portrait Society of America (PSA), and member of the National Association of Independent Artists (NAIA), among other organizations.