California artist Deborah Valiquet Myers creates paintings that are a celebration of unpredictability. From the intuitive process itself to the experience of interpreting her work through the eyes of a viewer, the goal is to ignite something that sets off a resonance within. This joins the artist and viewer in a journey of discovery.
She graduated from the University of Illinois with honors and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.
“I am one of those fortunate or unfortunate people who have a constant battle between structure and chaos going on inside my head. This dichotomy is a theme that runs through my life and my work.”
Deborah is an avid reader, a perpetual student, a music lover and a gardening addict. She has lived in a Chicago suburb, outside Dallas, in Prescott Arizona and now resides in the high desert of California. She is the mother of three creative sons and the grandmother of a precocious granddaughter – Agnes Lula.
Her work is found internationally in private and corporate collections. Over the past fifteen years she has worked extensively with collectors and gallery owners. Many of her pieces are created on a commission basis.
Believing anything in life can and probably will be a source of inspiration, she always paints to music whether it be current, classical or jazz. Chords, dissonances, tempos and lyrics can spark an idea; as can a shadow, a pattern glimpsed in a filtering of light, a line of prose or poetry, or a certain texture or form.
“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso
Paintings begin with texture. This is applied to canvas with a large palette knife. Sometimes controlled, sometimes loose; this process is the starting point.
Her paintings are concept centered and she often works in a series; exploring a theme deeply whether it be a compositional element, a color palette or an emotion. “I tend to get hooked on an idea and love to explore all aspects, searching for variant nuances and resonant chords.”
“Art is the greatest gift one can give. Not only does it enrich our daily lives, it gives us new worlds to explore.”
“The most exciting and rewarding part of my career is working with people and participating in the process of transforming a house into a home; bringing new life and beauty to empty spaces.”