Deborah Beck

category: Visual,

Contact & Info


Phone: 914-734-9144


Artist Statement

"My paintings and monotypes express my fascination with the mysteries, rhythms, and energies of the natural world around and within us" states Deborah Beck.  "I seek to capture with immediacy particular moments and experiences."  Gifted in her ability to express a wide range of poetic images and feelings, she works in oil, gouache or watercolor to suit the desired mood. The artist has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries on the East Coast, including at the Horticultural Society of New York, the Flat Iron Gallery in Peekskill, and at Nature's Image Gallery in Nyack.  She holds a BA with Honors in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, where she received a departmental first prize award in painting, and an MA in Art Education from New York University, plus studies at the Art Student League, Parsons School of Design, and School of Visual Arts, among others.  She is an active member of a number of art organizations, including National Association of Women Artists, Pen and Brush, Women in the Arts Foundation,and the Katonah Museum Artist Association.  Her artwork is inspired and constantly renewed by the beauties and her many world travels.

Educational Background

Selected Education/Training           Brandeis University, BA with Honors in Fine Arts, First Prize in Painting, Dean's List:  New York University, MA- Art  Education, New School for Social Research, Certificate, Computer Graphics, Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts, Art Student's League

Teaching Artist Experience

Deborah has taught art to adults and children for many years in public and private school settings and has led numerous painting workshops, most recently having taught adult classes in painting and collage at Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers in 2013-2014. Recent Projects: Linoleum block printing residency: Grade 4, social studies theme "Native American Life." Working in tandem with teachers, students studied Native American cultures & history and created related images. Each student sketched several ideas then refined them to one idea, which was drawn in reverse on the linoleum plate. They then applied water based ink in one or more colors and hand printed images. As a culminating activity an exhibition of the work was viewed school wide. Adult Women with Cancer: "ABC's of Painting": A series of exercises included brushwork, color mixing, line, value, etc. Technique exploration and expansion led into themes, abstract of realistic. Self expression & imagination was encouraged. As a culminating group activity the group review their own and each others' work to see the great progress made in exploration & mastery of painting techniques, which had resulting in many exciting & interesting paintings.