August Genetti Artist: Deb Mezick
Deborah's earliest memory of really being involved in art was high school. She had a great high school art teacher that kept her motivated. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and was accepted into their school of Art Education. Shortly thereafter she met her husband and for the next 30 some years her only involvement in the arts were Halloween costumes and crafts. After being away from painting for 30 years, she started feeling guilty. God had given her a talent and she was not using it. In April 2008 she started taking watercolor classes with Ed Steinhelper at the Lycoming Art Student League. The painting she did that first day was bad, very bad – but she kept that painting and carries it with her often to show herself and others what happens if you practice. She hopes it will inspire others to work at their talents.
Since April 2008 she has sold a number of paintings to private collectors and always comments to the buyer that she hopes they will cherish the painting as she does. She appreciates that many of them have emailed pictures of where the painting hangs in their homes.
She has entered several juried art shows and recently received fourth place in the Clinton County Arts Council and the Bald Eagle Art League combination show held in Lock Haven, PA. In 2014 she won the Sun Gazette annual church competition. The painting appeared on the front page of the Sun Gazette Christmas edition and the original painting was donated to and now hangs in the Hughesville United Methodist church. In 2015 she received “The People's Choice Award” for favorite artist at the Bald Eagle Art League/Ways Garden Art show in Williamsport and would like to thank all for the honor.
When asked about the exhibit, Deborah says: "All of the paintings displayed are done in watercolors. I have used other media in the past but I'm always drawn back to watercolors. Some artists will tell you that the media is more difficult than any other. You must plan and problem solve before the brush ever touches the paper because when the paint does touch the paper it is hard to make a change. Controlling the media is difficult but I'm not ready to give up as yet."
"This exhibit is a sampling of my life, expressed in art. My paintings are of things that I love. You can't do justice to anything you do if you don't love what you're doing. I hope as you view this exhibit you can see more than just paint on the paper – I hope you see the emotion behind each piece."
"There are two paintings in the exhibit that are not for sale because they are very special to my family. “Dylan’s Time” was done for my first grandson. The hands on the clock were not added until I knew the time of his birth. He is now four months old. “The Keys” was done from a photograph taken on a family trip to the Florida Keys. We have three grown sons that have busy lives and those family trips are few and far between. The trip meant a lot to us all."
"I hope the exhibit inspires you to look to the future and leaves you with a warm feeling to cherish the past."
If you would like to purchase a piece of Deborah's work or just to let her know that you enjoyed the show,
you may contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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