Debbie Bzdyl, Painter and Mixed Media
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Mom once laughed and said, “Debbie was born with a box of crayons in her hand.” By the age of six, I had won my first art contest, sponsored by a Saturday morning children’s show called Tim’s Treetop Forest.
In college, I turned my attention to graphic design, not because I had lost my love of fine art, but because I needed a more marketable skill. Graphic design gave me that as well as a creative outlet.
From 1983 until 1991, I worked as a graphic designer for several different organizations.
In 1992 I ventured out and started my own business, Impact! Graphics, Inc. which continued until I retired in December 2013.
When I started painting again, I returned to what I knew, painting in a realistic style. After about a year, I started moving more toward impressionism and then into abstract.
What a fascinating adventure that has been! Abstract art allows me to explore color, light, and composition in ways I can’t in more traditional art. I love not knowing exactly where the painting is going and instead letting the painting guide me.
Robert Henri, an American painter and teacher in the late 1800s and early 1900s said we all have a song inside us and it is the responsibility of artists to be true to ourselves and sing with all our hearts.
It is my hope that “the song I sing” through my art inspires those who see it and allows them to experience the world in new and beautiful ways.