artist for life

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Deb proclaimed to become an artist at career day in Kindergarten, oh so many years ago, in Illinois, and she has had her hands in every kind of art media from that very first finger-painting experience to the present…

From designer markers as a fashion and product illustrator in Missouri, with a bfa from Missouri State in 1980 her career began with commission portraits and many back-drops for photo shoots (including for Andy Williams in Branson and the Heinz Ketchup family)

From freelancer to Advertising Manager, Deb's creative appetite moved into the management of various multi-media ranging from visual merchandising, newspaper and direct mail to radio and television for a department store, working with 15 buyers and lease departments including special events.  (Santa’s Breakfast, Runway Fashion Shows and Art-in-the-Park)

In 1986, D-Square (D2) Design was born.  Offering marketing, graphics and illustration. Deb was drawing many product developments for Bass Pro.  Owning a small design firm enabled her to add computer tools to her bucket of media which included designing logos, print collateral, signage and trade show displays.  (During this time in her business, she was fortunate to work on large, Nationwide accounts such as Tyson and French’s Mustard)Deb's lifelong passion is to paint fur-babies and offers custom pet portraits.

D-Square Design allowed Deb the privilege to art direct and to learn from many teams including photographers, writers and vendors, all the while becoming more inspired by the art of faux finishing, trompe l’oeil and murals.  This led her to Florida for several years, where she was creative director / graphic designer for a paint company.  Over the years, she has helped transform hundreds of spaces from residential to commercial and has worked with architects, designers, builders and fellow artisans in hotels, banks, churches and retail spaces from coast to coast.

In the course of growing as a Master Faux Effects Artisan, she owned and managed a school , distributorship, taught, traveled, wrote articles and how-to’s (Faux Finisher Magazine, PWC, and featured in other publications)Deb has 'faux-family' across the globe and shared a 10day training in Italy with many of them!!

Deb met the love-of-my-life, Brad in Kansas.  Finding her one true soulmate at 50 years old was a dream come true and fed her creative soul as well. Deb's art services career grew with the creation of her line of artFORMS, a theme-based, color-story collection of original paintings to replace “canned art” in commercial spaces.  The appropriately named “Collageables” are a fusion of graphic elements and old-world textures combined with a fresh contemporary spin.  artFORM Collageables  can be found in many commercial spaces to date and she still offesr many commission pieces.

Deb's husband, Brad's job brought them to Oklahoma in 2017...
where the winds blew in many new opportunities!
They renovated a 5,500 sq ft. abandoned restaurant space in to an Art Gallery Retail Boutique with classrooms and a gorgeous deck overlooking the lazy Ft. Gibson Lake; tahdah...now presenting

The VENUE at Taylor Ferry 


With a lake view and many new creative friends, Deb thrives with new art ideas and was honored to become a GOLDEN Artist Educator in 2019!

    She loves to share her passion in the classroom.

See the website www.TheVENUEatTaylorFerry.com

for a complete list of workshops offered both at the Lake and in Tulsa at Market at Walnut creek. www.TheMarketTulsa.com

As a cancer survivor, Deb celebrates COLOR-full new beginnings every day with her motto: WE ARE WHAT WE CREATE which includes a “give-back” group of kindred artisans with her charity; CARING with COLORS.

 

The VENUE at Taylor Ferry

33914 State HIghway 51, Wagoner, OK 74467

 

contact deb: ddrager@mac.com

VenueatTaylorFerry@gmail.com
 

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