The contribution of the arts to health and well-being has long been recognised and debated. Not just through the creation of commissioned artworks for healthcare buildings, but also by engaging directly with patients, managers and healthcare staff to support their well-being and quality of life. In the wider community, the arts are said by some to contribute to health and wellbeing, to enhancing social relationships, social cohesion and a sense of purpose and engagement, and to building social capital – a suggested major determinant of health.

It is with these factors, and the consideration of the personal experiences and values of others, that Debbie prefers to create work with elements of collaboration, and often in more traditional mediums such as mosaic or glass.