Debbie is an artist who specialises in mosaics and arts management through collaboration and community engagement, often within educational or healthcare contexts. Debbie creates artwork for public and private settings, and attempts to create work that explores and celebrates the multiplicity of the natural world. Materials used aim to reflect the vibrancy of nature, often through bright and decorative colour and mosaic forms.
Debbie has worked on a range of projects, her most recent project was a sculpture called ‘Discovery‘, which was commissioned for the Oor Wullie Public Art trail, in Dundee, Scotland during 2016. The sculpture raised over £11,000 for the charity the Archie Foundation, when it featured in a charity sculpture auction. Other recent projects include a public sculpture trail created and designed in collaboration with the town of Inverbervie, on the east coast of Scotland.One of the pieces that Debbie made for the trail was a feature for a community garden called ‘The voyage of life‘, this garden was made by local volunteers from the voluntary group Brighter Bervie. The garden was featured on the BBC 2 programme Beachgrove Garden. Other projects that Debbie has undertook include sculptures displayed at the World Expo in Shanghai, China. A large mosaic mural project, 8 metre by 4 metre in size, and collaborative artworks made with rural communities in Muriwai, New Zealand.
Debbie has won awards for her mosaics, such as at an International Mosaic exhibition in Exeter at the Opus Mosaic Gallery. Debbie was awarded Best Mosaic (People’s Choice). In addition to China, Debbie has also exhibited internationally in Auckland, New Zealand aswell as in her hometown of Liverpool, co-ordinating art shows and featuring in exhibitions at the Liverpool Biennial. Debbie has led art projects and made work for a variety of private collectors. Some of Debbie’s clients include: Brighter Bervie, Wild in Art, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Vision and Earthskin Muriwai, New Zealand.
Debbie has a studio practise based in Coulter, Scotland and undertakes project commissions across the UK. Debbie is a professional member of BAMM (British Association of Modern Mosaics), Craft Scotland and is currently completing studies for a Masters in Arts, Festivals and Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.