Biography

Deborah started life in Devon and moved to Staffordshire where she studied photography followed by an apprenticeship as a film editor with the BBC in Manchester. She believes her two greatest influences in her life were, travelling around the world for a year and when her Great-Uncle George gave her an old Hasselblad Polaroid camera when she started college. With this camera she has won several awards for her work. Namely an installation called the “Edwardians”

Deborah made her name as a fine art photographer in the 90’s when she became famous for her Polaroid Transfers and represented Polaroid with her imagery. She worked with an incredible 20×24 Polaroid camera in Boston which was the cutting edge of photography at the time. Her work has been widely exhibited over the past decade, including solo exhibitions at the Broome Street Gallery and the Photographic Gallery in New York when she lived in Vermont for fifteen years and several local exhibitions during a year spent as an artist in residence, in France. Narrow lanes and sandy beaches now provide much of the inspiration behind Deborah’s work since she returned to her Devonian roots, her latest work has developed from her love of the rugged coast line where she now lives by the sea with her two teenage children.

Much of Deborah’s work centres on various licensing projects. She is one of the best selling artists for her publisher, Chronicle Books, in San Francisco who published her book “Fern House” Her work can be seen on everything from marble coasters with Studio Vertu to boxed cards for Barnes and Noble in the USA; Schenck designs can be seen on fabrics for home furnishings for Mar Che in Toronto; to fun and quirky handbags “for the women who want to carry art on their arm” for Brag Bags in New York. Most recently her work can be seen as wall art sold through King&McGaw at stores like John Lewis.

On a different note Deborah is well known for her unique style of lifestyle photography which she has mainly focused on in the gift industry for clients like Dassie Artisans and Ian Snow. Here she brings her eye for detail and creativity to a more commercial audience.