Deborah McDermott is now in her "Moab Period," as she likes to call it. She has found an unending supply of rich subject matter to inspire her here. She works in a variety of relief printmaking techniques, in addition to painting with acrylics and drawing with oil pastels. She is attracted to sculptural rock formations and structures with personality. While on hikes in the area she searches for inspiration by going under, to the top of, to the edge of, or through geographic locations. Satellite maps have lately given her a new and exciting vantage point from which to observe and paint the landscape.
Deborah, a Utah native, studied art at the University of Utah in the 1970’s. After graduating with her BFA, she and her husband moved to Newfoundland, Canada. Her first solo exhibits were at Memorial University in St John’s. St. Michael's Printshop, an artist run studio, gave her the opportunity to make prints and the love for printmaking that continues to this day.
The next stop on her life journey was Long Island, New York. Deborah was accepted into the graduate program at Queens's College CUNY, culminating in an MFA degree. Deborah’s "New York Period" included looking at art in museums and galleries, giving her a broader understanding of art history. In addition, she and her husband made a post-graduation pilgrimage to study art firsthand in the great art museums of Europe.
The family eventually returned to Utah. While helping to raise their children, Deborah worked as an Art Specialist in a private k-8 school where her art education found greater meaning. Her love of printmaking was reignited at Saltgrass Printshop where she learned even more creative printmaking techniques. She participated in numerous group shows in Salt Lake City and elsewhere. In 2016 she moved to Moab where she is currently a member of Gallery Moab.