My name is Debbie Hart and I’m a self-representing artist, a former software developer, and a perpetual child at heart. I’m also a so-called Renaissance Soul, a person who’s always had too many interests to specialize in just one. Here’s a little more about my background, my art, and my latest pursuit, teaching online classes:
I’ve been drawing and painting since childhood. I have degrees in both English and Computer Science with concentrations of study in biology, art, and foreign languages. Although I’ve completed several university-level art courses (roughly equivalent to a minor in art), I’m also largely self-taught since my own vivid imagination has always inspired me far more than external reality!
Years ago now, craving a lifestyle change, I quit my high tech job in Boulder, Colorado and moved with my sweetheart back to my native northern California. We have since endeavored to make our lives into a “working vacation” as much as possible, living in glorious spots up and down the coast and in the redwoods. We currently reside in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains.
During this life phase, I’ve finally returned to my lifelong love of creating art, and my artwork has sold in galleries both in northern California and online. I love bright colors, and I create primarily whimsical small-format drawings and paintings, ranging in size from ACEOs (collectible art cards, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, about the size of baseball trading cards) to 8 x 10 inches with occasional larger pieces.
My favorite subjects are nature, animals and birds, and the mystical and magical. My focus tends toward animals of all kinds (especially cats, often with exotic plants and flowers!), birds, fantasy (fairies, dragons, unicorns, etc.), mystical topics (angels, power totems, etc.) and abstracts.
I started out making hand-painted silk suncatchers, power shields, and scarves as well as handmade paper and bound books. My current favorite drawing and painting media are fine-art markers and ink on acrylic paper and acrylic paints on canvas. I also make handmade folk-art jewelry items, including brightly colored friendship bracelets and polymer clay beads.
And finally, I also recently began creating online classes, and I’m bursting with ideas for interesting classes in different categories! My first two classes are beginners’ class on making friendship bracelets, which you can check out on my Classes page. I am continually experimenting with new materials, techniques and art forms, and exploring new ways to bring in income as a creative outside the standard 9-to-5 work model, so check back often to see what I’m currently up to!