Deb Breton mixed media artist. Creating seismic art with good vibrations
Making the world a little brighter, one painting at a time.
I’m a professional mixed media artist living in Northern California, painting how I see the world around me. Everything is infused with color! Abstract painting is my first love, it gives me permission to paint what I feel, instead of what I see. Every painting tells a story with colors and shapes, rather than words. Every line, brushstroke, droplet, and scrape of paint is made with a deliberate hand guided by an intentional spirit. It is the positive vibration of colors that drives me to paint everyday. Sometimes I’m compelled to paint famous faces of those who inspire or uplift us. These are done in a more pop-art / urban style.
Deb Breton is a mixed media artist living and creating 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. And because her dad was in the armed forces, they moved around a lot. Experiencing other countries and cultures has had an undeniable, lifelong impact on her.
After graduation, Breton spent the next 20+ years in the design & graphic art industry. She worked with such clients as Warner Brothers Studios, Nestle, and the Dali Museum. As more & more “art” work was being done on computers, she longed to create with her hands again.
Woodcarving and painting
So, with her need to create something from nothing, she began woodturning. There was just something so satisfying about taking a log and turning it on a lathe and making it into something beautiful. It wasn’t long before her hobby, became her full-time profession as a self-employed artist in 2005. 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 she could care for her mom who was living with her under hospice care. Since it wasn’t 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.
These days Breton is a full-time fine art artist. In a sense, she has come full circle. She’s no longer in the noisy woodshop with sharp tools. Nowadays, you’ll find her sketching, painting, and dancing in her art studio. Deb creates organic abstracts filled with color, life and emotion. Her “Celebrity Portraits” & “Strong Women” series has a pop-art / urban feel to them. Breton often combines words, lyrics, and poems – together with color, to express themes more succinctly. In her uplifting abstract work she uses layers of expressive colors to explore the depth of human emotion. Her zest for life is evident in her work and her passion for creating finds her painting in the studio nearly every day!