Deb Breton is a visual mixed media artist living in beautiful Sonoma County, California.
She was born with a congenital lung ailment that kept her isolated in gloomy hospitals more than at home. From Walter Reed hospital in D.C. to Landstuhl hospital in Germany, she grew up with a lot of ‘alone’ time. While most kids were out playing, Breton would be in her hospital bed, content with sketch pads and pencils. Her mom made sure they were always there for her when she was growing up. And because her dad was in the armed forces, they moved around a lot. Experiencing other countries and cultures would have an undeniable impact on her.
After graduation, Breton spent the next 20+ years in the design & art industry – working with such clients as Warner Brothers Studios, Nestle and the Dali Museum. As more & more “art” work was being done on computers, she really missed creating with her hands.
A Second Career
So, with her need to create something from nothing, she began woodturning as a hobby. There was just something so satisfying about taking a log and turning it into something beautiful. It wasn’t long before her obsession became her full-time profession as a self-employed artist. Her painted and carved wood art pieces are in corporate & private collections throughout the world in 7 countries and in print.
In 2010, Breton stepped away from woodturning so that she could care for her mom who was living with her under hospice care. Since it was no longer practical for her to be in the wood shop, she set up an easel in the room next to her mom’s room and began painting again. She soon found painting was not only a quiet comfort, but also an explosive release; a kind of therapy that allowed her to say what she felt with a medium that was wholly expressive. She credits watching the journey of her mom’s end of life, for leading her in a new direction in her own life.
And finally – full circle
These days Breton devotes all her time to fine art. In a sense she has come full circle. She no longer toils in the noisy, dusty woodshop with sharp tools. Nowadays, you’ll find her sketching and painting and dancing in her airy studio. She loves to create organic abstracts filled with color and life. And if she isn’t painting that, she is most likely is working on one of her humorous takes on wine country living, its landscapes and nearby wineries.
From wine snobs, to red wine rivers, to abstracts, Deb Breton captures the intense fun of living in wine country. Her zest for life is evident in her work and her passion for creating finds her painting in the studio nearly every single day!
Deb Breton was a woodturning artist for many years turning, carving and painting wood. See more at www.thedebs.com
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