Pastel and Oil / Landscape, Seascape, Figures Representational to Abstraction

“Abstracts Attract” Group Exhibition now underway

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Nationally known artist Deborah Quinn-Munson's serene paintings of the sea and shore evoke memories and thoughtful reflection of time and place. “Nature does all the work; I just pay attention and paint.”

My abstract pieces reflect my desire to simplify the painting to the most fundamental elements of relative shape, value and color. Composition and design is central to my process, where I create a balance of small shape to large, dark value to light and contrast elements of color such as temperature and chroma.

A strong abstract structure is the underpinning in all of my work. In an abstract painting, I set out to edit detail and concentrate on the underlying design.

I believe there is an important relationship between artist, painting and viewer. The artist has the vision, the painting represents the technique and the viewer brings the essential step of sensing the place and emotion of the painting.

Deborah Quinn-Munson's family had a residence on Cape Cod for most of Deb's life, providing opportunities to experience life as a Cape Codder, enjoying and observing the sea, the sands, and the excitement of this blessed peninsula. She captures the moment in paint like no other. Her compositions are known for their strong impact and edginess.

Deb earned her Bachelors at the University of New Hampshire and Masters at Wesleyan University. The daughter of Edward Quinn of the well known Quinn and Johnson Advertising Agency (Boston) for many years, Deb's strong sense of design and love of painting is life long. She teaches workshops in both oil and pastel, known best for compositional techniques, and juries international art exhibitions.


Dock of the Bay   30 x 30 Oil in Board $3500

Dock of the Bay 30 x 30 Oil in Board $3500

Tide Line   30 x 60 Oil / $5800

Tide Line 30 x 60 Oil / $5800

Daydream   24 x 18 Pastel / $1800

Daydream 24 x 18 Pastel / $1800

Luminance   24 x 28 pastel $2800

Luminance 24 x 28 pastel $2800

The above two paintings are pastels by Deborah Quinn-Munson, painting size (before frame) is 12 x 12 at $750.

Summer Shower 20 x 14 Pastel / $1100

Summer Shower 20 x 14 Pastel / $1100

White Caps  oil on board 6 x 6 / $350

White Caps oil on board 6 x 6 / $350

The above oil paintings done with palette knife are 8 x 8 oil on 1/2” deep boards and available for $400 each.

The above oil paintings done with palette knife are 12 x 12 and available at $600 each.

Dusting   8 x 8 Oil On Board $400

Dusting 8 x 8 Oil On Board $400

Autumn Falls   24 x 12 Oil / $1200

Autumn Falls 24 x 12 Oil / $1200

Clearing   48 x 31 oil on board / $5200

Clearing 48 x 31 oil on board / $5200

This two page spread features the work of Deb in the 2018 CAPE COD ART ANNUAL edition of CAPE COD LIFE MAGAZINE. Wonderful!

This two page spread features the work of Deb in the 2018 CAPE COD ART ANNUAL edition of CAPE COD LIFE MAGAZINE. Wonderful!

“When I paint, I am interested in bold color, energetic line, and strong composition to convey a powerful image filled with atmosphere and light. Clear brush and pastel strokes have become an important aspect of my work and bring vitality and movement to the painting.I enjoy the contrast between the spirited execution of a painting and the serenity and peacefulness of the scene."

Tranquility   18 x 36 Oil On Board $2800

Tranquility 18 x 36 Oil On Board $2800

Up and Away   12 x 24_Oil On Board $600

Up and Away 12 x 24_Oil On Board $600

Magenta Sky   12 x 24 Pastel / $1200

Magenta Sky 12 x 24 Pastel / $1200

One Way   17 x 19 Pastel / $1400

One Way 17 x 19 Pastel / $1400


Slippery When Wet 12 x 16 Pastel / $950

Slippery When Wet 12 x 16 Pastel / $950

September Tide 18 x 36 Oil / $2800

September Tide 18 x 36 Oil / $2800

Boardwalk   24 x 36 Oil with Palette Knife / $3800

Boardwalk 24 x 36 Oil with Palette Knife / $3800

Autumn Color   20 x 10 Oil with palette knife / $900

Autumn Color 20 x 10 Oil with palette knife / $900

River Square   Oil with palette knife 8 x 8 / $400

River Square Oil with palette knife 8 x 8 / $400

Deborah's love of the sea began as a child spending summers on Cape Cod Bay. Deb has been painting all her life, and she has developed a keen sense of perspective which lends itself to unusual, close up compositions which engage the viewer in an intimate way. A teacher of oil and pastel painting, Deb's passion is to immerse herself in art, getting lost in the moment as she captures that moment for all time. 

The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale University called upon Deb early on to exhibit her large, oil palette knife paintings of water and marshes there. The patients and their families love the tranquility of her scenes and the positive energy which comes through in her art, so appropriate to this setting.

Deb received her BFA from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University.

At the 2014 annual juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of America, Deb's painting, Construction Zone, received one of the top three prizes in this prestigious international competition. Well deserved!

Spring Verbena Window   18 x 24 Pastel / $1400

Spring Verbena Window 18 x 24 Pastel / $1400

The Critique   24 x 16 Pastel / $1800

The Critique 24 x 16 Pastel / $1800

Walk to the Beach   12 x 18 Pastel / $900

Walk to the Beach 12 x 18 Pastel / $900

Reflection   36 x 18 Pastel SOLD

Reflection 36 x 18 Pastel SOLD


This is the ARTIST FOCUS on Deb in the June 2015 issue of the American Art Collector magazine.

This is the ARTIST FOCUS on Deb in the June 2015 issue of the American Art Collector magazine.

This is a page which appeared in   The American Art Collector   magazine in its June 2014 issue, focusing on the pastels of Deborah.

This is a page which appeared in The American Art Collector magazine in its June 2014 issue, focusing on the pastels of Deborah.


DEBORAH PAINTS COMMISSIONS FOR GALLERY COLLECTORS

Seaside home on Nantucket Sound in Harwichport of one of the Gallery 31 collectors.

Deborah is open to painting commissions for serious collectors. To the left is an example of a palette knife painting in oil composed to specs provided by the clients.

Because the clients' property is on the beach and ocean, they asked for the painting to be more abstract, not competing with the spectacular views out the windows on the left side of this room. Deb visited their home on the Cape and did a prototype for their review before proceeding with the final painting, sized to fit over the hearth.

The gallery provided professional installation centered in the recessed area above the mantel in this beautiful home.

This painting is a great example of Deb's style "where representational meets abstract..."

Notice how the whole room comes to life with the "punch" of design and color which Deb's commission provides.