Philadelphia-based artist Deborah Fine is a master of abstraction! Fine began her study of art with a portrait painter at the age of sixteen. She continued her training at Carnegie Mellon, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Beginning her training in realism, Fine has since transitioned to abstraction, working in a variety of mediums primarily including acrylics and pastels.
Fine has showcased her work in galleries since 2007, has won several awards including a Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, and has been featured in numerous publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Main Line Times, and the Broad Street Review.
You can find a variety of works by Fine on display at 110 Park Avenue Swarthmore.
Despite the difficulties surrounding COVID-19, nothing can stop Deborah, not even a global pandemic! You can learn more about her process and resilience in a filmed studio tour and Q&A, in which she reflects on her inspirations, and shares a sneak peek of stunning works. Take a look at a few of the paintings featured in the video below!
Deborah Fine's process is one of constant evolution, her works are continually shaped and re-shaped by the addition and subtraction of elements. Using a variety of tools and mediums, Fine creates layers of shapes, color, and texture, always focusing on how form, color, and line can create "a feeling of movement, rhythm, and balance." Through abstraction, Fine encourages the viewer to experience the work as more than just a single entity, but instead as a journey of discovery.
While painting is certainly one of her strongest passions, Fine is also deeply committed to making the world a better place. Anyone lucky enough to encounter Deborah Fine is surely all the better for it.