Debby has been painting professionally since 1978 and is best known for her colourful and intricate illustrative miniatures on vellum, a material traditionally used for manuscripts and works of art since medieval times and still hand prepared using centuries old methods in her home town of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire.
An elected member of The Society of Women Artists, The Royal Miniature Society and The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists, Debby has won numerous prestigious awards for her work including The HRH Princess Michael of Kent Award, The Alexander Gallery Award, The Caron Keating Memorial Award and is three times winner of the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery Masters Award for miniature painting.
B and W Thornton of Stratford upon Avon commission special pieces for sale from Debby under their Illyria banner - works of art inspired by literature - and subjects have included Shakespeare, Keats, The Peasant Poet John Clare and John Betjeman.
2014 saw the publication of 'A Midsummer Mouse' written by Barry Thornton and illustrated by Debby, followed by 'The Merry Mice of Stratford and the final book in the series, 'The Winters Tail' published in 2017.
Debby works mainly in watercolour and gouache and the miniature work on vellum, just 2" square, has a luminosity and vibrance of glowing colours not normally associated with the medium. She often incorporates intricate borders and calligraphy into the design of her pieces and will generally work on sets of paintings for exhibition which all follow a theme, for instance, weather lore or sayings about the native wildlife of England. Fairy tale illustration is another favourite theme which she uses for her larger works on paper, although, by 'large' Debby is only talking about an image area of 3" x 9.5".
In a long and varied career, Debby has had work shown in many galleries including Chris Beetles in St James, London, the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in Waterloo, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA and regularly exhibits with the SWA and the RMS at the Mall Galleries in London.