As the daughter of well know Dundonian artist and illustrator Douglas Phillips, it soon became apparent that Deborah would follow in her Father’s footsteps. She went on to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and subsequently moved into a successful career as a designer and illustrator before transitioning to her current career as a full time painter.
Deborah travels around Scotland, documenting areas of interest in her sketchbook before taking them back to her studio where she combines these stripped down compositions with her memories and feeling of a time and place, using this as a jumping off point for a larger scale piece.
As is the case with many Mixed Media artists, for Deborah the process is often as rewarding as the finished painting, and Deborah loves the tactile nature of applying paint to varied surfaces and rendering an elusive memory with swathes of colour and texture. Every stage of the process is a thrill for her and one that she always aims to share with the viewer.