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Debra Maddox

Larkspur, CA

Bay Area artist, Debra Maddox, has been painting and making art her entire life. After receiving a Bachelor Degree in Art Education, Debra completed post-graduate work in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. “Observing how light, shadow, color, and texture transform shapes and forms into aesthetic compositions, drives my desire to record what I see in the world around me. Figures in motion, is an exploration of not only compelling visuals, but also an ambiguous narrative that is left up to the interpretation of the viewer. “ Her body of work examines several themes – figures in motion that are cycling, dancing, diving, swimming, and figures caught in unguarded moments of contemplation. Regardless of the topic, the visual and emotional elements are always constant. Her water series has its early roots. As a college student, she spent summers as a lifeguard with many long hours devoted to gazing at the shimmering water. She observed how light refracted and bounced off of the water’s surface. Later as an adult, she loved swimming under water – a realm that produced a meditative state. Incorporating swimmers, divers, and water as subjects in her paintings, occurred organically for her. She sought to capture not only the fluidity and reflective nature of the water, but also the motion of the swimmers and divers. Her cyclist series focuses on another dimension - the freedom and exhilaration of the ride– being outdoors in the elements with the wind brushing past, momentarily escaping from the daily routine. The images provide a metaphor that life is always changing, moving forward, and is never static. The theme of dancers provides a visual of kinetic energy. The interaction of the subjects serves as a narrative of interpersonal relationships. The push and pull of the dance movements between two individuals remind us that relationships are precarious in nature, and require a give and take attitude in order to survive. As Maddox weaves together all of the compositional and emotional elements, she allows her imagination to take control, resulting in compelling images that only exist in her mind.

I have lived in Marin County almost all of my adult life. The abundant beauty and rich culture of the Bay Area has influenced my work in every respect. I am grateful and feel fortunate to live in an area with such an active and stimulating artist community.

Professional Biography

Bachelor of Art in Art Education (double major Fine Art and Education)
Post- Graduate Work in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute
Corporate Leadership Training: Harcourt School Publishers/Houghton Mifflin

Art Teaching Experience
Artists Teaching Art Program (teaching special art projects in Marin County Schools) 2013 to present

Private Instruction- Student and adult drawing and painting classes (on -going)

Past Art Teaching Experience
San Rafael Public Schools Art Program for Gifted Students
San Francisco Unified School District

Selected Shows
Madrigal Art Gallery, Sausalito
College of Marin Emeritus Gallery, Kentfield
Desta Gallery, San Anselmo
Ann Nourot Gallery, Benicia
La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
Sausalito Art Festival (17 consecutive years)
Tiburon/Belvedere Art Walk (Sam’s Café, and Deleuse Jewelers)
Tiburon Library
Tiburon/Belvedere City Hall
Mill Valley Art Walk (Mill Valley Community Center, At the Top Gallery, Mill Valley Library)

2000, 2006 Selected as Commemorative Artist for the Sausalito Art Festival
Selected by jury for eight consecutive years to be included in the publication, “Art of California”

Marin Magazine Cover and Marin Magazine Cover Finalist

Maddox’s work is in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada


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"She Persisted"

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