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The Arts
by Darrell McGarvey
Boulder City Art Guild

Artist Profile - Deborah Mays

Deborah was raised in rural New York and became interested in painting and photography in her early teens. In 1996 she relocated to Nevada where she continued to develop her passion for her artwork.

Photography plays a significant role in the development of ideas for her new paintings. She is attracted to lines, patterns and bright colors as well as complementary colors, warms against cools, and lights against darks. Photography allows her to capture the sense of the moment, sight, sound, and smell. She finds photos taken during vacations, holidays or just ordinary situations are great resources for her oil, watercolor or acrylic paintings.

Deborah “pushes her palette” by using highly concentrated brilliant colors and their complements in her paintings. Her paintings include many subjects that we ordinarily pay little or no attention to but find the painting pleasing because of that familiarity within our subconscious mind. She looks for the detail and much of the intimacy of a still life artist, but places her subject in a wider context, in a “landscape” or walls. It was this confined space as opposed to an endless space that enlivens its contents, by the lighting, and most important of all by her personal response to the subject. She uses some of the same concepts in her floral paintings, especially the use of colors to obtain a vibrancy that is true to nature.

Deborah’s work is on display in the Boulder Dam Hotel in suite 104. That is the Gallery of the Boulder City Art Guild and is open seven days a week, 10 am to 5 pm (Noon to 5 on Sundays). Her work is also on display at the Art Encounter in Las Vegas and the Old Town Gallery in Henderson.

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