Spotlight Interview with Deborah Waters and her love for rhinestones and her trademark sparkle!

Thank you for speaking to us about your art journey. Where did it all begin for you?
As a child, my main entertainment was creating art, however when it came to further education, my parents were against what they considered a precarious profession and refused to support any further studies. It wasn’t until my 30’s that I was able to take time out to gain a little more education and begin to believe that my dream could be possible. Life intervened again until my 50’s when I could devote the time to develop and refine my style and feel confident enough to expect people to pay for what I produced. You could call it a very, very slow burn.

From who or from where do you draw inspiration for your work?
Animals and wildlife are my main inspiration but every now and again, something totally different will catch my attention and inspire a piece.

Do you like to experiment with what you use to create art and how would you describe your artistic style?
Although I work in pen and alcohol based ink, I will employ any medium to obtain the effect I am after. My use of high grade rhinestones is a case in point. A client who I knew to be a lover of ‘bling’, commissioned a piece that I embellished it with rhinestones. She was so delighted with the effect that she ordered several more pieces as gifts and that was the start of my trademark sparkle. I describe what I do as Zentangle inspired art.

Why are your designs so different to other artists within the industry?
Rather than using a lithographic hatching technique to give my subjects form and tone, I draw intricate patterns foliage and flowers which, by the density of how they are rendered gives the impression or shading. Once colour is added, the subject becomes a slightly abstract but very recognisable form.

What motivates you as an artist?
It is difficult to say what is actually relevant in a creative world.
My main motivation is to produce something that will bring joy to the person who owns it.

How has social media impacted on you as judging by your online presence you seem to embrace this?
It is essential to maintain and online presence but I have a difficult time with social media. So many platforms only offer static photography which does not serve my style of artwork; it gives a limited perspective, rather than video clips that allow me to show how the rhinestones animate my work.
It is rare for a client to buy or commission purely from social media. They have almost always seen my art in the flesh first.

How has your brand grown to where it is now? What has contributed to your success?
I have only been exhibiting for 4 years and in reality 2020 should be subtracted from that number, so I am still building my brand. I am steadily compiling a client list from exhibiting at art fairs, which has been most successful along with personal recommendation.

Have you worked with any galleries or brands or completed any important commissions you can share with us?
As I am relatively new to selling my work, art galleries have yet to beat a path to my door. I live in hope.

Which projects are you really excited about for 2021 and are there any future plans you can share with us?
2021 is going to be exciting, simply because the previous year in lock down has afforded me time to regroup, develop and organise my collections ready be launched when the art fairs resume. I hope that the visitors will be as excited as I am to get back out again.

See a selection of work from Deborah HERE

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