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Meet Debra K. Jayne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Debra K. Jayne.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
In the 1980’s, I was working as a nurse and raising a family when I started to become interested in art. I had a chance to go back to school and decided to study art formally. I received my undergraduate degree in visual arts from the University of Washington and then my post- baccalaureate and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2014. Since that time I have been involved in the art scene in Boston and in New England. I’m a member of Cambridge Art Association and a founding member and on the Board of Directors at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, VT. I also teach community classes at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH.

Please tell us about your art.
Ideas for my work come from my imagination, through reading, poetry and music, and through photographs I have taken. I see art and am inspired by it every day no matter where I am. I love being blown away by an amazing moment of connection to the built environment or from nature. An example of this is when I was taking photographs of Frank Gehry’s Stata Center on the MIT campus as an MFA student. I saw my quirky reflection in its architecture. This experience will work its way into my art.

I work in oils and acrylics in painting and in printmaking and choose the medium according to what works best for the piece I’m making. The use of printmaking tools in my paintings often creates unexpected and interesting in them.

My inspiration comes from Tomma Abst, Isa Genzken, Bridget Riley, Stephen Westfall, Ann Pibal, Sarah Morris, Thomas Nozkowski, Daniel Rich, and Philip Taaffe to name a few. I enjoy Christo and Jean-Claude’s recent architectural piece, “The London Mastaba”, a pyramid-like form that glows red-orange in London’s Serpentine Lake because of the geometry and colors.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I believe it’s important for artists to be active in what they believe. Art is essential in that it communicates perceptions, whether they be political, spiritual or philosophical, etc. It reflects a society’s values, it generates and translates ideas, enhances and enriches our world, and promotes collective memory for future generations. So it’s important to be active at all levels.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I currently have a painting hanging in New York’s “The 61st Chautauqua’s Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art” through July 17th. On the horizon are a few exhibits I am waiting to hear about: one in Seattle and one in Los Angeles. I’m going to print a large wood block print, 2 feet by 4 feet, August 25th with Big Ink’s “The Big Tuna” giant mobile press with Lyell Castonguay Carand Burnet, and some colleagues at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio. We’re making individual prints. These prints will have potential inclusion in multiple venues. Also I am waiting to hear about some juried exhibits.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 7 Thompson Terrace
    Hanover NH 03755
  • Website: debrakjayne.com
  • Phone: 603-398-6260
  • Email: debrakjayne@gmail.com
  • Instagram: debra.jayne
  • Facebook: Debra Jayne


Image Credit:
Clements Photo and Design, Steward Clements and my son, Christopher Jayne

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