Artist Statement

Debra discovered silk painting in 1997 and has been watching dye flow on silk ever since.   Silk painting lets her create fabric patterns for a truly unique look when applied to her bias cut blouses, dresses, and jackets.  She places the motif so that it dances across the body, transforming the wearer, lightening her mood and freeing her spirit.  In creating her clothing and wall art, she starts with white silks of varying weights and textures from gauzy chiffons, mid-weight satins and jacquards to heavy crepe de chine.  She makes the fabric sing by brushing dye onto the silk and using water based resist, starch, dye thickeners or a dry brush technique to delineate her motifs.  Salt, alcohol, and sprayed water create texture. Debra’s motifs are primarily botanical and geometric, though she also paints plein air landscapes. She uses her hand painted silk and construct bias cut garments with no side seams using sergers, traditional sewing machines, and hand sewn finishes. She also combines multiple plein air pieces into stunning garments. For the last 11 years, Debra has been conducting  beginning and intermediate silk painting workshops. She also has branched into watercolors, oils, and ceramics.


600 Milky Way, Watsonville, CA, USA

808 987 5251