Pastel and Oil / Landscape, Seascape, Figures Representational to Abstraction
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.
The above two paintings are pastels by Deborah Quinn-Munson, painting size (before frame) is 12 x 12 at $750.
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.
“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."
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!
DEBORAH PAINTS COMMISSIONS FOR GALLERY 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.